Iran earthquake kills 5 people in the south

Tehran, Iran –

An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale in southern Iran killed five people and injured 44 others on Saturday, state television reported.

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

People took to the streets as aftershocks continued to shake the area after the early morning earthquake, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure.

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

The area has experienced several moderate earthquakes in recent weeks. In November, a man died after two earthquakes measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake devastated the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.