Hundreds injured in Iran after 6.1 earthquake

A strong earthquake has killed at least one person and injured up to 300 others in Iran’s border province of Kermanshah, officials have said.

The quake, which struck near the Iraqi border, had a magnitude of 6.1 and occurred at 9.08am local time (3.08pm BST) on Monday.

The main quake occurred near the city of Saravan in Khorasan Razavi province and was followed by a 3.6 magnitude aftershock.

Iran’s state news agency, IRNA, reported at least one person had died and 300 others were injured.

Iranian defence minister visits disaster recovery after 6.1 earthquake. Photograph: Vahid Salemi/AP

Iran sits on a major fault line and several devastating earthquakes have hit the country in recent years. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

The deputy governor of Saravan, Hamed Hossein Etumyan, said there were no fatalities in the city but many buildings had been damaged.

“Several people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment,” he said, according to Irna, Iran’s state news agency. “A number of local homes were damaged.”

Also on Monday, a strong quake struck off Mexico’s Pacific coast, according to the US Geological Survey. The epicentre was in the Pacific Ocean, about 52 miles (87km) south-east of Acapulco. It measured 7.1 on the USGS’s preliminary scale. There were no immediate reports of deaths or serious damage.

This week’s quake occurred about 190 miles (306km) east of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on the country’s western border.

The area has a reputation for quakes due to its narrow, mountainous terrain, porous fault lines and active geological formations.

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