Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits southeastern Iran

Written by Staff Writer at CNN, Sally Doschi

At least one person was killed and 25 people injured Saturday morning as an earthquake struck southern Iran.

The quake was centered 21 kilometers (13 miles) southwest of the city of Abadan in the Zagros Mountains, with a magnitude of 6.3, according to the US Geological Survey. It occurred at 10:11 a.m. local time (11:11 p.m. ET Friday).

The quake was felt in the oil-rich Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran, close to the border with Iraq, according to state media, and also in the Iraqi city of Suleimaniyah, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) to the west.

Iranian news agencies reported that the quake had triggered a wave of aftershocks.

A local lawmaker said several chimneys had collapsed and walls were cracked, according to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency.

Power lines were also damaged and electricity has been cut in several villages in the area, he said.

Zahra Sadeghi told The Associated Press that she felt the ground shake before running outside.

“Then we started hearing the cracks of tall buildings start ringing, and people started running out of buildings,” Sadeghi said.

The quake was followed by several aftershocks with a magnitude of at least 5, and according to the USGS latest statement, there was a “modest chance” a follow-up magnitude 6.5 earthquake would hit Sunday.

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