Iran 5.9 Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 5, Injures 300

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    A car lays smashed by debris from an earthquake in Varankesh village in Eastern Azerbaijan province, some 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province early Friday. (Mohammad Zinali/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

    TEHRAN (AP) – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said.

    The temblor struck Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m., Iran’s seismological center said. The area is some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

    Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains, and residents rushed out of their homes in fear. The quake injured at least 312 people, state television reported, though only 13 needed to be hospitalized. It described many of the injuries happening when people fled in panic.

    The head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, gave the casualty figures to state television. There were no immediate video or images broadcast from the area.

    Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said. State TV reported the earthquake destroyed 30 homes at its epicenter.

    The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

    Iran is 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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    1. I do not clearly understand how these scale numbers work. I hope this was not a huge disaster. Many times in a quake, the initial reports are understated, with the numbers hurt going up as rescuers reestablish communications.

          • No such difference. It’s a fake documentation . The sick Iranian people chose the ayatollah over the shah . If they want they can push for change . They don’t want .

            Has anything that occurred over the last decade taught you Anything or are you as dumb as you think we are about your Paulin screen name. ( a Christian, us citizen living in Saudi Arabia and commenting on vin ? Then you tell me hey my accusations are like soros accusations? Really ? Please tell me that someone like Paulin mo commenting on vin is not as crazy as fox and soros . It’s so ludicrous. So we proved we have a liar on here ) now back to main point let’s look at the past decade Paulin aka phineas.
            When we offer peaceful protestors in the Middle East democracy what have they chosen ? Let’s look at Egypt who chose the brotherhood over al sisi , or Syria etc. seeing is believing these guys want us dead .
            May the Iranians be smitten with yena machla and als

            • By your logic, Archy, should we say that the Jews who lived under Communism – including the brave souls who taught Torah and performed brissim and so forth in secret – wanted to live under that system? In case you weren’t aware, the Ayatollah came to power in a revolution (as Lenin did in Russia), not in free elections.

    2. @AH It was a revolution by the people who wanted that kind of leadership.

      The bare jewish souls under communism never wanted communists but most of the other secular enlightenment Jews did want them and believed in it. For them I say it was partly their doing. Furthermore, I see no proof that the people in Iran don’t want this kind of leadership. When it occurred in the USSR after WW2 everyone knew the people didn’t want it. In Iran you don’t see much resistance to it.We also see in general how muslims view the world and its all consistent with Iran’s violent rehtoric.

      Any more screen name Phineas?

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