Strong earthquake hits southern Iran, 5 dead

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Five people were killed and 44 injured in a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran on Saturday, state television reported.

Rescue teams were deployed near the epicentre of Sayeh Khosh, a village of about 300 people in Hormozgan province about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) south of the capital Tehran, the report said.

After the early morning quake, aftershocks continued to shake the area and people took to the streets, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure.

The earthquake was felt in many neighboring countries, the report said.

There have been several moderate earthquakes in the area in recent weeks. In November, a man died after two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3.

Iran sits on a major seismic fault and experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake leveled the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. In 2017, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck western Iran, killing more than 600 people and injuring more than 9,000.

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