Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Iran

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit southwest Iran along the Persian Gulf.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.

Iranian state television said the quake had a magnitude of 5.9. An aftershock of magnitude 4.5 followed.

The US Geological Survey named it a 5.8 magnitude earthquake in the port city of Bandar Genaveh. It described its depth at 10 kilometers.

A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause significant damage. Shallow earthquakes also have greater damage.

Iran has large seismic disturbances and experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

A magnitude 7 earthquake in western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.


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