Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 kills several people

At least three people were killed by a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in southern Iran early on Saturday, state television reported.

 

“Unfortunately up to now we have had three deaths and eight wounded,” Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran’s Gulf coast, told the television.

 

Iranian media put the strength of the quake at 6.1 while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said it had a 6.0 magnitude. The quake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), EMSC said.

 

Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.

 

Residents from various parts of the UAE felt tremors as well.

According to National Centre for Meteorology (NCM), the earthquake was recorded in southern Iran at 1.32am at a depth of 10km.

 

As per the media reports, the tremors were felt in the UAE but without any effects.