Iran (Torbat-e Heydariyeh) – M 5.6 / July 30 – Injured number of people climbs to 284

Injured number of people climbing to 284.
Still no word of the extend of the damages .
(Source Fars News Agency)

Early ‘Earthquake Report’ comment (minutes after the earthquake struck) :
An very dangerous earthquake has struck in a very populated area near Iran city Torbat-e Heydariyeh.
The houses are NOT earthquake-proof constructed in this area, creating a very vulnerable environment.
Population in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter is estimated at 126.000.
We expect probable serious damage and even injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
A lot of unknown factors will decide on the impact (duration of the quake, terrain, etc).
We will report with updates if more news becomes available.

The worst earthquake in recent years, of 6.3 magnitude, struck the southeastern city of Bam, in Kerman province, in December 2003, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of its population — and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

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