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Two Strong Earthquakes Shake Southern Iran


Two strong earthquakes struck southern Iran on the Persian Gulf Sunday, prompting residents to flee their homes and killing at least one person, media reported.

The quakes measured 6.3 and 6.4 magnitude, jolting the province of Hormozgan, state TV said, and the tremors were felt across the gulf in Dubai. The first tremor occurred at 15:36 local time, and the second one followed after one minute, Fars news website said.

The head of Iran’s Red Crescent in the region was quoted as saying that they were strong tremor with potentially devastating damage.

"The quake was felt in several southern Iranian cities in the Hormozgan province," a local official told state TV.

The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre put the magnitude of one of the quakes at 6.5 at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, director of Hormozgan’s emergency services said telephone and internet services have been disrupted in the region. The tremor was felt in a wide area of southern Iran.

"It was felt in northern and eastern side of the United Arab Emirates without any effect," the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology said in a tweet.

With reporting by Reuters

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