Two strong earthquakes were felt one minute apart in the south of Iran. One person has been reported dead in the quake on Sunday afternoon. Panicked residents took to the streets soon after the quake was felt.
Ismail Bayramnejad, head of Iran’s Seismological Center, told state television that two earthquakes measuring 7.4 and 7.3 on the Richter scale had struck near the port city of Kesham near the port city of Abbas.
The quake affected Kerman and neighboring provinces. The quake was also felt in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Iran has been shaken several times since the quake.
A Qatar-based media outlet, Al Jazeera, reported that a man was killed when he was struck by a power pole while walking on a road in the port city of Abbas.
The video, which has been circulating on social media, shows part of Mount Zeno in Port Abbas collapsing.
Emergency officials in Iran told state TV that no casualties had been reported so far. Electricity and internet connections have been cut off in many affected areas.
Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has called for an immediate cabinet meeting to ensure security in the affected areas. He also instructed his first vice president Mohammad Mokhbar to monitor the situation.
Experts have been warning for years that a major earthquake could strike Tehran one day as it is close to the fault line.