Second earthquake strikes Iran in three weeks

Another powerful earthquake has struck Iran again, just weeks after the deadly 7.3 magnitude that struck the border of Iraq and Iran in early November.

In the early hours of the morning on Friday 1 December, a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit southeastern Iran, with the epicentre confirmed near the city of Kerman. The earthquake has destroyed many homes in the area, but there are luckily no reports of casualties thus far. Assessment teams are currently surveying the villages and towns of the affected areas.

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday 12th November. Reports confirmed at least 530 people were killed, and 9,000 injured, and up to 70,000 people have been left homeless. This has been the deadliest earthquake in the world in 2017.

Halabja, the epicentre of the November earthquake, falls on a 1,500km fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The impact has been devastating, and aftershock tremors were felt for days later in neighbouring Turkey and Pakistan.

Most of the reported casualties are in Iran’s western province, where rescue efforts have worked around the clock in a desperate attempt to find survivors. The earthquake trigged huge mudslides as a result of the tremors, which damped rescue efforts.

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