Iran earthquake: at least one dead after quake hits

Image copyright EPA Image caption The quake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale

An earthquake has killed at least one person and injured several hundred in north-west Iran, state media says.

The 6.2-magnitude quake struck north-west of the city of Kermanshah in Iran’s Kermanshah province and was felt in several neighbouring towns.

It comes two days after another quake in the region killed nine people and injured more than 20,000.

Many in Iran have felt an increase in seismic activity in recent months.

Roughly a week after Saturday’s quake, some of the buildings that were destroyed in a 7.3-magnitude quake damaged themselves, leading to warnings of potential aftershocks.

Men remove their belongings after staying in tents in Kermanshah, in Iran’s Kermanshah province, after a powerful earthquake struck the country two days ago. Image caption A man rows a boat during heavy rains in Sarpol-e Zahab, on Iran’s border with Iraq, after a powerful earthquake struck.

In its latest statement, the semi-official news agency ISNA reported that the “accident-related” death toll stood at one.

Iran is a country of 81 million people, of whom roughly 15% live in cities, and 120 million are thought to live in rural areas.

In Kermanshah province, only one hospital was damaged during Saturday’s quake.

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