Three dead and several injured after huge 6.1 earthquake devastates Iran

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A massive earthquake has killed at least four people and injured several others.

The quake, measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale, hit southern Iran at 3.24am (local time) during the early hours of this morning with state television cameras showing footage of a collapsed building.

Teams are now searching for survivors amid the rubble in a major rescue operation that is taking place in darkness, reports the Daily Mirror.

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So far the number of dead has been put at four while 20 people are reported injured.

Initially, Mehrdad Hassanzadeh, the head of emergency management in Hormozgan Province on Iran's Gulf coast, had told the television station: "Unfortunately, up to now, we have had three deaths and eight wounded."

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CAPTION: A major rescue operation is taking place in darkness

One video, meanwhile, showed a village of buildings that had been razed to the ground by the quake and many people are in the streets.

"Here is Sayeh Khosh, one of the villages affected by the earthquake in Hormozgan. The pictures show the 100% destruction of this village. The population of Sayeh Khosh is 1,600 people," tweeted a local journalist.

The earthquake was given a 6.1 strength rating by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), while the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) stated that it had a 6.0 magnitude and a depth of 10km.

There have been several earthquakes during the day according to the USGS with another measuring 6.0 coming 45 minutes after the strongest and again at a 10km depth.

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CAPTION: State television cameras showed footage of a collapsed building

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Major geological fault lines crisscross Iran, which has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.

The earthquake was felt as far away as Abu Dhabi with many people describing minor shakings of buildings more than 200 miles from the epicentre.

"Shaking bed and table and vibrations in windows," said a person in Dubai, as reported by volcanodiscovery.com.

Another report from Sharjah said: "Was about to sleep and the bed started shaking and the night lamp also started shaking for about 25 to 40 seconds."

The earthquake is the biggest the world has witnessed since Tarauaca in Brazil was struck by one, measuring 6.5, on June 8.

No deaths or injuries were caused by that quake, nor was any property reported as damaged.

Namie in Japan, meanwhile, has so far seen the largest earthquake in 2022 on March 16, with a Richter scale rating of 7.3.

It reportedly caused three deaths, 241 casualties and damage to more than a thousand buildings.

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