The primary quake of magnitude 5.9 struck on Tuesday morning 56 km north of Kerman, a metropolis with a inhabitants of greater than 820,000.
The tremor, initially reported as a magnitude 6.2 earlier than it was revised downward, was adopted by dozens of smaller aftershocks.
In the course of the night time, early on Wednesday, a stronger quake of magnitude 6.zero struck the identical space. It was shallower – solely 10 km deep, which might have amplified the shaking.
The most recent quake was centered 64 km north of Kerman, and struck simply after 1 a.m., the USGS mentioned.
It was not instantly recognized if the second quake had brought on any harm, accidents or fatalities because it struck throughout the night time.
State media reported earlier that no deaths had been brought on by the primary earthquake, which hit in late morning on Tuesday, however mentioned that at the least 18 folks had been injured.
Photos posted on state media confirmed teams of individuals standing in streets within the quake zone, fearing the collapse of buildings. The 20 broken buildings had been principally older constructions, state media reported. The photographs confirmed collapsed mud brick partitions.
On Monday, one other quake, which Iranian state media reported at 6.zero and the USGS reported at 5.four, hit western Iran, in the identical area the place a magnitude 7.three earthquake killed at the least 530 folks final month. There have been no stories of deaths or accidents from Monday’s quake.
Hardline rivals of President Hassan Rouhani have criticised the federal government’s response to final month’s quake as too sluggish and insufficient.
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