Earthquake tremors in southern Iran, people flee homes, at least one dead: report

State TV reported that two strong earthquakes struck southern Iran near the port of Bandar Abbas on Sunday, forcing residents to flee their homes and killing at least one person.

State TV said the quake, measuring 6.3 and 6.4, struck the province of Hormozgan and was felt in the Gulf of Dubai.

Iranian state TV quoted local officials as saying: “One person was killed when an electric pole fell.”

Iran is surrounded by major geological fault lines and has experienced several devastating earthquakes in recent years.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Center placed an earthquake magnitude of 6.5 at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km.

“The quake was felt in several southern Iranian cities in Hormozgan province,” an official told state TV. He said rescue teams have been sent to the area.

State TV showed residents of Bandar Abbas fleeing their homes in panic. Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA said there was no damage to homes in the area.

According to some residents, the quake was also felt in the Gulf of Dubai.

The UAE’s National Meteorological Center said in a tweet, “No impact felt over northern and eastern part of UAE.”