A 5.0 magnitude earthquake struck Kashmar in northeastern Iran on June 18, 2024.

Four Killed as 5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Iran's Kashmar

Tuesday, 06/18/2024

Four deaths were reported after a 5.0 magnitude earthquake hit Kashmar in northeastern Iran's Razavi Khorasan province around noon on Tuesday.

Governor of Kashmar, Hojjatollah Shariatmadari said that in Tuesday's earthquake in the city, 120 people have also been injured, with 35 of them hospitalized.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake originated approximately five kilometers from Moghan, Razavi Khorasan Province, while local Iranian media reported the magnitude as 5.0, occurring at a depth of six kilometers.

Iran, which is situated on significant fault lines, experiences frequent seismic activity. A notable example occurred in November when a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iraqi border, resulting in over 530 fatalities and thousands of injuries.

Iran experiences an average of 10,000 earthquakes per year, according to the UN with the country still reeling from the tragedy of 2003 when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake devastated the historic city of Bam, claiming the lives of tens of thousands.

Last year, at least three people died with over 800 injured after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit the city of Khoy, West Azerbaijan province.

At the time of the quake in January, the Mehr news agency said 70 villages had been damaged.

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