Published: Fri, November 08, 2019

Quake in northwestern Iran kills 4, injures 70

Quake in northwestern Iran kills 4, injures 70

A 3.3 magnitude quake was followed by a 3.4 magnitude tremor in Ventura Thursday morning around 5 a.m.

Most of the injuries were caused by crowd stampedes, state-run TV reports. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran. There were no immediate video or images broadcast from the area.

Up to 30 homes were destroyed near the epicentre, it added. State TV reported the quake destroyed 30 homes at its epicenter. The quake had a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Tabriz has been the site of many deadly earthquakes throughout history.

Several people have been killed and dozens were reported injured in a 5.9-magnitude quake that struck Iran some 60km (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud in East Azerbaijan Province.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) issued an alert warning that "significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread".

Iran is prone to earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines and experiences an average of one temblor a day.

Back in August 2012, over 300 were killed and more than 3,000 injured after twin earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.2 rocked the province, leaving behind a trail of destruction. But we would like to invite readers who can afford to do so, and for whom The Times of Israel has become important, to help support our journalism by joining The Times of Israel Community.

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