Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan prov, March 13, IRNA-An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the open-ended Richter scale which struck the city of Saravan, in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan near the Iran-Pakistan border, Sunday morning left no casualties but inflicted damages to property.
Announcing this, Governor of Saravan Ahmad-Ali Mohebati told IRNA that relief teams were dispatched to the quake-stricken areas noting that the temblor had left no casualties and only inflicted damages to residential units, some of which sustained cracks in walls and broken windows.
Mohebati said the scale of damage would be announced after necessary investigations.
He said rainfall in the past few days had damaged sections of the roads in some regions, making it difficult to obtain information.
He however added that elsewhere there is no problem with road traffic and relief operations are going on smoothly.
Except the Hidouj region in Saravan, no aftershocks have been reported anywhere in the province, he noted.
Based on reports available the quake had been felt in two other provincial cities of Iranshahr and Sarbaz, causing panic among residents, who ran out to the streets out of fear.
Governor of Sarbaz Darvish Naruie said a mild quake had at two short intervals jolted the city of Sarbaz on Sunday, with no casualties reported until now.
Meanwhile, Governor of Iranshahr, Hassan Rahnama Rah-Chamani, said the quake in the city had left no casualties and relief teams are estimating likely damages inflicted on the area.
Managing Director of the Islamic Republic of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS) in Sistan-Baluchestan Gholam-Hossein Hosseini told IRNA 150 relief workers within framework of relief teams had been dispatched to the quake-hit Hidouj district in Saravan to assist the quake-stricken citizens.
Hosseini said all the IRCS relief and rescue workers are on a state of alert in the province to rush assistance to citizens in case of disaster.
Director of the Public Relations Department at Zahedan University of Medical Sciences Mohammad-Hadi Abbasi said two medical teams had been dispatched to the area to provide aid to the likely victims in Hidouj and Jalaq districts in the city.
Abbasi said his university had set up crisis management centers to control likely natural disasters.
The official said no injured residents had up to now referred to the medicare centers.
Several windows are shattered and buildings also suffered damages in the quake, which struck at 7:01 a.m. local time (0331 GMT).
The Saravan region in Sistan-Baluchestan province, in the far southeast of the country, is close to the border with Pakistan, and has a population of around 240,000.
Iran is located on several major faults in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent violent earthquakes. During the 20th century, some 170,000 people died in about 20 quakes.
On December 2003, a 6.7 magnitude quake struck Bam in Kerman province, killing more than 31,000. More recently, a February 22 quake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale left 612 dead and 1,400 injured around the southern town of Zarand in Kerman province.
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