Two Stronger Earthquakes Hit Iran

OSNepal, Kathmandu, 13th Dec: Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman has been hit by at least two strong quakes in recent days, injuring at least 18 people and damaging around 20 buildings, state media reported.

The first quake of magnitude 5.9 struck on early on December 12 about 56 kilometers north of Kerman, a city with a population of more than 820,000.

The tremor, initially reported as magnitude 6.2 by the U.S. Geological Survey before it was revised downward, was followed by dozens of smaller aftershocks.

During the night, early on December 13, a stronger quake of magnitude 6.0 struck the same area, the survey said. It was more shallow, only 10 kilometers deep, a factor that amplifies the shaking, the survey said. The latest quake was centered 64 kilometers north of Kerman, it said.