An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 M and a second one of 6.0 M hit the same area of central-eastern Iran on 12 December.
The first one of 5.9 M and 10 km depth occurred at 8.43 UTC and its epicenter was located 56 km north-northeast of Kerman city (Kerman province, population of 410 000) and 69 km south-east of Zarand city (Kerman province, population of 58 000). USGS PAGER indicates a shaking up to "Strong" for 1 000 people and up to "Moderate" for 9 000 people.
The second one of 6.0 M and 10 km depth occurred at 21.41 UTC and its epicenter was located 64 km north-northeast from Kerman city and 9.5 km north-west from the one of 5.9 M. USGS PAGER indicates a shaking up to "Moderate" for 405 000 people.
According to local media, as of 13 December, at least 37 people have been injured and over 1 000 have received emergency sheltering services in Kerman province.
On 12 November 2017, another earthquake of magnitude 7.3 M hit north-western Iran, close to the border with Iraq, causing the death of 407 people and injuring over 6 700 in the province of Kermanshah.