Most of the injured were hurt while fleeing, not due to quake damage,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of the state emergency services, said. Only 33 people needed to be hospitalized. The quake was at a depth of 65km and struck 114km northwest of the city of Ilam in Iran’s Kermanshah province. Buildings were damaged in various rural areas in SarPol-e zahab and Qasr-e-Shirin, causing walls of some homes to fall. Six rescue teams have been dispatched to the area. the country’s army and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard were responding. Officials reported damage as well as to some roadways. The temblor also downed power lines and caused power outages into the night.
Tremors could be felt as far away as Baghdad and in Erbil in the Kurdistan region. No casualty has been reported. Iran sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has had many earthquakes. It experiences an earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southern Iran, killing 26,000 people. Last year’s earthquake near Sarpol-e Zahab, a predominantly Kurdish town, had a magnitude of 7.3 and injured more than 9,000 people.