Iran earthquake kills one and injures 11

Image copyright AFP Image caption At least 11 were injured

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale has struck southeast Iran, killing at least one person and injuring 11.

The quake struck near the city of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah province in the early hours of Thursday.

There were some reports of people’s houses collapsing or cracks in roads and buildings.

No casualties have been reported in the cities of Kermanshah and Ilam.

The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was centred 18km north of Karaj city.

Mahmoud Amoli, a spokesman for the provincial emergency headquarters, said: “Ten of the injured are in serious condition, but the number could go up.”

Iran’s television reported that hospitals had treated the injured.

The head of the National Disaster Management Organisation, Abdolhossein Dehghani, said the death toll could rise, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The agency also reported that 700 houses were damaged in the earthquake.

Television footage showed houses with collapsed walls and electricity and telephone lines were damaged.

Kermanshah was hit by an earthquake on Sunday that killed 10 people and injured more than 200.

Iran sits on major fault lines and has suffered several major earthquakes in recent years.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in south-eastern Iran, killing 31,000 people.

In November, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake killed 620 people in northwestern Iran and injured more than 3,000.

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