Earthquake hits town in southwest Iran
The Associated Press
Published Monday, July 8, 2019 3:38AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 8, 2019 4:21AM EDT
TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran said Monday a magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked a town in the country's oil-rich southwest, damaging buildings.
Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average.
The Monday report by the official IRNA news agency said that the quake hit near the town of Masjid Soleiman in Khuzestan province, some 450 kilometres (280 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran.
It said four people so far have been reported injured.
A local witness Iman Nazarpour told The Associated Press that the quake damaged buildings in the centre of town.
Another witness Rahim Zaheri said some older buildings had collapsed, with others showing cracks.
The town is where the first oil well in Iran and the Middle East was explored.
State TV said rescue teams were deployed to surrounding rural areas, too.
The depth of the quake was 17 kilometres (10.5 miles), according to IRNA. Several aftershocks were reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centred 28 kilometres (17 miles) southeast of the town, and at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles).
The tremors were felt throughout the area, and as far as the neighbouring Persian Gulf country of Kuwait.
In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southern Iran, killing 26,000 people.