Southern Iran was struck by two major earthquakes on Sunday, Nov. 14, killing at least one person, and terrified residents flocking to the streets.
The tremors of 6.3 and 6.4 magnitude of only one minute apart hit Bandar Abbas, the capital of Hormozgan province on Sunday afternoon, BNO News reported.
Both earthquakes occurred roughly 15 kilometers beneath the surface, which reduced their impact. Yet, the vibration was strong enough to have panicked residents running down the streets, according to Al Jazeera.
“We were working when we felt the building shake badly,” a young woman told state TV. “We thought it would be over soon but it went on for about 30 seconds so we ran out.”
The powerful quakes can be felt in neighboring provinces and reach as far as Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Iran also saw multiple aftershocks in the following hours.
The natural disaster destroyed several homes near its center, causing landslides at Geno Mountain. However, in general, widespread damage was not reported.
Still, Al Jazeera reported that electricity and internet connections have been disrupted in the impacted provinces, with landline phone service being hampered in some locations. Authorities promised they would be fixed soon.
A person was killed after an electricity pole fell on him. At least 47 others were wounded. Rescue teams have been assigned to the area, an official said on state TV, as Reuters reported.
Iran is situated on multiple major fault lines and is subjected to moderate and powerful tremors on a regular basis. Low-quality constructions make the country vulnerable to even little earthquakes, with significant damage and casualties, BNO said.