At least three people have died and over 200 injured after a strong earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale hit the city of Bojnourd in North Khorasan, a province in northeastern Iran.
Media reports indicate that at least 3 people have been killed and 220 others injured following the 5.7-magnitude quake in Bojnourd.
The strong earthquake, which occurred on Saturday night and was followed by 27 aftershocks, has caused serious damages to about 12 villages.
Here are Mizan‘s photos of the incident:
He also said rescue teams are combing through cracked buildings looking for more casualties and helping the injured, Tasnim reported.
Local officials have noted that the earthquake’s aftermath has blocked access to several villages. They have noted that locals have been asked to sleep outdoors over the probability of aftershocks.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
The deadliest quake in Iran’s modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.
Bam in the country’s southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.