On 7 May 1999, three consecutive earthquakes heavily rocked Shiraz, Kazerun and other areas in Fars Province. The first quake, measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale, was recorded at 03h31 (local time given throughout), the second (measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale) was at 03h43, and the third quake (4.7 on the Richter scale) was at 04h57.
The epicentre of the earthquake is situated 50 km southwest of Shiraz. According to the Iranian Red Crescent Society, 12 villages are destroyed, with a 70% to 90% range of destruction. More than 17 people have died and a considerable number of persons have been injured in these villages, and the search for victims is continuing. Roads and power supply plants are destroyed. In Khuhmareh Sorkhi region, 50 km southwest of Shiraz, the villages of Richi and Karrehbas have suffered damage. The village of Famu, near Kzerun, has also suffered damage, and there are reports of one dead and 13 injured in the village.
Red Cross/Red Crescent Action
At 04h00 local time, the relief workers of the Iranian Red Crescent Society arrived in the affected areas and initiated the rescue operation.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society is using its emergency stock to immediately assist the victims of the earthquake. The information above is preliminary. Assessments are underway, and further details will follow.
Operations Funding and Reporting Department
Abdel Karim Bensiali
Middle East and North Africa Department