6.6-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Iranian Gulf, Kills 1

An earthquake struck Iran’s Persian Gulf Sea province of Kermanshah on Sunday, damaging thousands of homes, killing at least one person and injuring many more, state media reported.

The 6.6-magnitude earthquake, felt as far away as Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, sent panicked people fleeing into the streets. State media initially reported four deaths and over 1,500 people injured.

A Reuters correspondent at the scene in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab said a building collapsed and the surrounding area was covered in debris.

The quake struck a region that was hit by twin quakes on Nov. 12 that killed about 430 people and injured another 2,000, state media said at the time.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a trained engineer, visited the two cities hit by the quakes in December to assess the damage.

Pictures on social media showed bridges and roads damaged by the latest quake.

In October 2013, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake flattened the historic Iranian city of Bam, killing about 31,000 people.

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