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Strong earthquake struck Iran – Two dead and hundreds injured

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A 6-degree seismic vibration, according to the US Geological Survey Institute (USGS), hit western Iran today, resulting in two people losing their lives and 241 injuries, according to a provisional report released by Iranian news agency Irna.

The seismic vibration, which had a small focal depth, was 26 km southwest of the city of Jawanrup in the province of Kermansach, the USGS reported.

Saeb Saridaris, head of the Emergency Department at Kermanshach University of Medical Sciences, told the official Irina news agency that the earthquake triggered the death of two people and injured 241, six of them seriously.

According to the official, the dead are a pregnant and a 70-year-old suffering a heart attack.

In a previous report, provincial governor Haushang Bazwad said a man had been killed and at least 90 injured, according to the French Agency.

The governor told another Iranian news agency, Tasnim, that electricity has been cut off in many villages due to seismic vibration.

The Red Crescent head in Kermanshah province, Mohammad Reza Amirian, said the seismic vibration followed 21 aftershocks.

He said there were problems with drinking water because of the damage suffered by some villages.

A Crisis Management Center, entrusted with the coordination of rescue operations, has been established in the city of Jawanrup. Hospitals and charities were put on alert, Governor Bazavad said.

However, Emergency Response Director Reza Mahmoudian assured the situation is «under control» and that it is not necessary to seek the assistance of neighboring provinces.

Screens transmitted from social networking sites show people to be urgently moved to hospitals. In terms of material damage, infrastructure appears to have suffered slight damage.

The earthquake, which occurred in an area not far from the Iraqi border, was felt until Baghdad, Iraqi state television reported, adding that no injuries to the Iraqi territory have been reported due to it.

Last November, a 7.3-degree earthquake triggered the deaths of 620 people in Kermanshah province and eight in Iraq.

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