A powerful 5.9 Mangnitude Earthque Jolts, Tabriz City in East Azerbaijan Province of Iran at around 2:00 a.m. local time Friday 8th October, 2019.
Deadly earthquake was followed by more than 60 aftershocks, causing panic among residents who rushed out of their houses in the middle of the night.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicentre of the earthquake was at a depth of 10km, although Iran’s Seismological Center said it was at a depth of 8km. Shallower earthquakes are more likely to cause greater damage.
The quake injured at least 312 people, state television reported, though only 13 needed to be hospitalized. It described many of the injuries happening when people fled in panic.
Residents were also seen camping outside their homes or in
Iran sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has experienced many earthquakes in the past.
Iran has suffered a number of major disasters in recent decades, including at the ancient city of Bam, which was decimated by a catastrophic 6.6-magnitude earthquake in 2003 that killed at least 31,000 people.
More recently, in 2017, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border region, killing 600 people and injuring more than 9,000.