20 killed in Iran quake

Published May 29, 2004

TEHRAN, May 28: At least 20 people were killed when a strong earthquake struck northern Iran on Friday, sparking panic as far away as Tehran among people afraid of a repeat of the devastating tremor in Bam which killed tens of thousands.

The second severe quake to hit Iran in less than six months struck at about 5:00pm (13:30 GMT). Reports on its magnitude varied, but most said it measured at least 6.1 on the Richter scale.

Its epicentre was located in the Mazandaran province, 70km north of Tehran. An official said it caused major damage to at least 80 villages. A spokesman for the Mazandaran provincial government told the state-run IRNA news agency that at least 19 people were killed and some 150 others injured in the rural and mountainous area.

"Most people were killed on the road by landslides caused by the earthquake," spokesman Marzieh Obouri was quoted as saying. State television earlier reported the quake also shook several villages in Ghazvine province, killing two people and wounding four others.

Eighty villages in Ghazvine suffered damage, provincial Governor Massoud Emami told state television, adding: "There have been victims." Some 30 houses were also reported to have been destroyed, injuring eight residents, in the Mazandaran city of Kelardasht, while more injuries were reported near Chalous, also in Marzanabad.

State television later said there was an aftershock measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale. The quake caused panic in Tehran, where people ran into the streets in fear. Close to Baladeh town, a woman told AFP how "my car jumped across the road" as the earth shook beneath her. -AFP

Opinion

Editorial

Police Lines bombing
Updated 31 Jan, 2023

Police Lines bombing

Where the menace of terrorism is concerned, the government and opposition need to close ranks and put up a united front.
Oil price hike
31 Jan, 2023

Oil price hike

THE record single-day increase in petrol prices, preceded by massive currency depreciation, signifies the ...
Babar Azam’s award
31 Jan, 2023

Babar Azam’s award

BABAR Azam might not have lifted many trophies as Pakistan’s all-format captain in the last year but the star...
Blatant Islamophobia
Updated 30 Jan, 2023

Blatant Islamophobia

Muslim extremists and terrorist outfits are emboldened by hateful acts.
Modern slavery
30 Jan, 2023

Modern slavery

MODERN slavery is a wide-ranging term that can encompass a multitude of scenarios. Common to all of them, however, ...
Remarkable Sania
30 Jan, 2023

Remarkable Sania

BRINGING to a close a career in which she smashed stereotypes, Sania Mirza delivered almost the perfect ending in ...