6.2 magnitude quake hits south-eastern Iran

People sit on the rubble of a destroyed house after an earthquake in the city of Darbandikhan, northern Iraq, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Authorities reported that a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iraq-Iran border region on Monday and killed more than three hundred people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt far west as the Mediterranean coast. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

TEHRAN, Iran – At least eighteen people were wounded after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck Iran’s south-eastern province of Kerman on Tuesday, the Iranian seismological centre said.

The quake struck at 12:13 pm (0843 GMT) in the villages of Hejdak and Ravar in Kerman province, no serious infrastructural damages have been reported so far.

“Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are extremely vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist,” the service said.

According to the seismological centre, only old houses among other frail structures in six villages were damaged during the earthquake.

The state broadcaster IRIB also reported that the earthquake was measured as magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, adding that classes at schools and universities were cancelled.

Moments later, the USGS reported another quake strike in the region, a 6.0-magnitude temblor about 65 kilometres from Kerman.

The two earthquake reports on Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after a 6.0-magnitude tremor struck the western province of Kermanshah along the border with Iraq.

Last month on November 12, the same province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people and injured thousands in the process.

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