Strong quake hits Iran
An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked the town of Lar in Iran's Fars province this morning, the IRNA reported. The Ashkan village was most affected by the quake.
The Seismological Center at Tehran University's Geophysics Institute registered the quake at 12:08 a.m. local time. Following the first strike, the center recorded six tremors measuring 5.2, 4.1, 3.9, 3.5, 3.9 and 3.5 on the Richter scale.
The quake damaged roughly 30 percent of the homes in Lar and resulted in power outages in the southernmost areas of the province.
The Iranian Emergency Situations Ministry has deployed rescuers, firemen and ambulances to the scene.
"About 400 tents, and two trucks of food and water were sent to the four villages affected by the quake," Fars Province Red Crescent Society head Mehdi Musallanejad said. "About 1,596 people reside in these villages."
Roughly 19 residents were taken to hospitals, he added.
The Red Crescent Society is continuing its rescue activities.