Earthquake in Iran leaves 31 dead, over 650 injured (UPDATE)

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Azerbaijan, Baku, April 9 /. Trend T.Jafarov /

The death toll of the earthquake in Iran rose to 31, the Fars agency reported.

The earthquake has injured 650 people, 70 of which are in serious condition, the governor of the province of Bushehr Firrudin Hasanvend said, Iranian news agency IRIN reported.

According to him, more than 30 aftershocks were observed over the last two hours, the weakest of which was of 4.2 points. Dog handlers were sent to the earthquake site.

The earthquake destroyed 80 percent of the villages Shonbeh and Tasudzh and affected about 23 villages, the Iranian agency ILNA reported.

The earthquake caused great material damage, Firrudin Hasanvend said, the Iranian agency IRNA reported. The IRGC forces, police, military and rescue workers of the Red Crescent have arrived at the earthquake site.

The earthquake did not affect the operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, as it occurred at a distance of more than 100 kilometers away, according to the Fars agency.

In addition, according to the Iranian media, a mountain has been destroyed, debris of which fell on the city Shonbeh. It is noted that the most severe damage occurred in this city.

Rescue workers have headed to the Iranian province of Buhshehr affected by the earthquake, according to the ISNA.

According to the head of Iran's Red Crescent Society Mahmud Muzaffar, five rescue teams of 20 people each and two rescue helicopters have headed to the area of ​​the earthquake.

The first jolt of the earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was recorded at 16:22 local time. Several strong aftershocks measuring more than five points were recorder later.
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit the same region two days earlier.

As reported by ISNA, two jolts measuring 4.2 points were also felt in the province of Fars.

Some 100,000 people reside in the region affected by the earthquake, including cities of Kaki, Shonbeh, Khormooj and villages.

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