Two strong quakes jolt southern Iran (+VIDEOS)

TEHRAN, Nov. 14 (MNA) – Two strong earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 6.4 struck the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan near the port city of Bandar Abbas on Sunday.

According to Iran’s Seismological Center affiliated with the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, the first earthquake occurred at 15:36 p.m. local time on Sunday at a depth of 18 kilometers.

The second one occurred at 15:37 p.m. local time at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The epicentre of the quakes was located at 56.03 degrees longitude and 27.71degrees latitude.

In Bandar Abbas (pop. 352,200) located 60 km from the epicenter, Qeshm (pop. 25,000) 84 km away, and Minab (pop. 70,800) 123 km away, the quakes have been felt as light shaking. 

The quake was felt in several southern Iranian cities in the Hormozgan province, a local official told. 

According to reports, rescue teams have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas.

The quakes were felt in neighboring Kerman and Fars provinces, both located in the north of Hormozgan province.

According to some reports, tremors were felt in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, too.

"It was felt in the northern and eastern side of the United Arab Emirates without any effect," the UAE's National Centre of Meteorology said in a tweet.

One person has been announced dead in the quake while the number of the injured has increased to 27. The injured people are reported to have been admitted to hospitals.

Power outage and disruption to tele communication system in the area has been reported.

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