Iran quake kills more than one person

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption More than 50 aftershocks have been recorded, including one measuring 6.1 magnitude

More than one person has been killed and more than 50 injured in an earthquake that hit Iran.

Iran’s seismophysics centre said the magnitude 6.2 quake hit at about 19:10 local time (21:10 GMT) on Saturday.

The epicentre was near the city of Halabja in the Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Both the government and citizens have shown their willingness to come together after many more were killed or injured by the devastating quake that struck Iran and Iraq on 14 March.

Emirates news says the neighbouring states offer assistance to the affected area.

The Saudi news agency, SPA, reports that King Salman Bin Abdulaziz has ordered the deployment of Saudi civil defence teams and emergency responders, state television has said.

Power cuts and building tremors, followed by aftershocks have hit the city.

“Unfortunately, some houses collapsed and people were injured,” said a spokesman from Sistan-Baluchestan’s Emergency Department.

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On 15 March, a powerful earthquake in Iraq injured more than 30,000 people and killed at least 430.

Some bodies were partially recovered from the ground, and the death toll is expected to rise.

The tremor was felt across a wide area. It was initially measured as a magnitude 6.8 earthquake, but later downgraded to 6.2.

Iran’s border with Pakistan was closed for a day after the earlier quake.

Iran sits on several major tectonic plates and is prone to earthquakes.

More than 100 people were killed when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck eastern Iran in November 2011.

The worst quake to hit Iran was in December 2003, which killed 31,000 people in Bam and destroyed many of the city’s historic citadels.

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