An earthquake hit the south of Iran early today near the Strait of Hormuz, 100 miles east-southeast of Bandar Abbas. Iranian seismologists confirmed the temblor, according to the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency.
The quake struck at 6:38 a.m. local time and was measured at 6.2 by the U.S. Geological Survey. At least 11 people were injured and five villages destroyed, Tehran-based Press TV reported, citing Mahmoud Mozaffar, the head of the Rescue and Relief Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent Society.
Much of Iran lies close to geological fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. An earthquake in 2003 flattened the southern city of Bam and killed about 40,000 people. A quake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck last month in the eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, and a smaller quake a week earlier shook the province of Bushehr, raising concerns about the safety of a nuclear power plant there.
About 10 aftershocks were detected after the earthquake today, the strongest measuring 5.6. Rescue teams have been deployed, Press TV said.