1 reported dead after pair of moderate quakes hit Iran

TEHRAN, Iran — At least one person has died after two moderate earthquakes strike the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, state TV reports.

State TV quotes Azizollah Konari, the Bandar Abbas governor, as saying a 22-year-old man died when an electric pole fell on his head as a result of the earthquake.

Iran’s Seismological Center says that the quakes struck Qeshm island in the Strait of Hormuz in midafternoon, about 1000 kilometers (640 miles) south of the Iranian capital of Tehran. It says the magnitudes were 6.4 and 6.3 and the heaviest temblor struck at a depth of 18 kilometers (about 11 miles).

The epicenter is located some 60 kilometers (some 36 miles) southwest of Bandar Abas port in Hormozgan province.

There is no immediate report of damages. The USGS report sets the earthquakes at magnitudes of 6 and 6.3.

State TV says the quake was felt in Kerman and Fars provinces, both located in the north of Hormozgan province.

Iran lies on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

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