Iran: 6.5-magnitude earthquake hits town of Hosseinabad

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21 December 2010

At 10.12pm local time (18:42 UTC) on 20 December 2010, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the town of Hosseinabad in Kerman province in south-eastern Iran.

According to latest reports, at least 4 people were killed and 26 have been injured. Over 30 villages in the province have been affected, and access to some villages is difficult.

The earthquake was felt in the provinces of Kerman, Sistan-Baluchestan and Hormozgan and only lasted 30 seconds, but it was followed by 27 aftershocks, the most powerful of which was a 5.0-magnitude tremor.

An assessment team from the Iranian Red Crescent quickly deployed to the area in the hours immediately following the earthquake to evaluate the situation. So far, the Iranian Red Crescent has despatched 250 relief and rescue workers (15 teams) equipped with two relief helicopters and eight ambulances. The Red Crescent has also sent two rescue vehicles to assist people in isolated villages where large rocks have fallen from the mountainside and blocked main roads.

"The situation is under full control, and the relief and rescue operation is in progress," said Dr Mozaffar, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent relief and rescue operation.

So far, around 500 quake-affected families have been provided with relief including tents, food and other items. Four neighbouring Red Crescent provincial branches - in Yazd, Kerman, Hormozgan and Sistan-Baluchestan - are also on standby to provide further assistance.

The Iranian government and Iranian Red Crescent have not requested international assistance. Information will be updated as we receive it from the field.