Iran quake: 1 dead, 100 injured as quake hits province close to epicentre

State broadcaster says a minibus was crushed by debris in Van, a major city close to epicentre

Iran’s state television said on Monday a bus had been crushed by collapsed houses and a man was killed by a falling chimney in an earthquake which killed at least two people and injured at least 100 more.

The 6.5-magnitude quake struck near the city of Van in Sistan-Baluchestan province in Pakistan shortly after noon on Sunday.

In one of the most populated regions in Iran, the quake hit as many as 50 districts and 16,000 people have been affected, the earthquake centre said. It measured the quake’s epicentre at 17km (10 miles) south-west of Van and 120km east-southeast of the provincial capital Mashhad.

Images on state TV showed residents with blood on their clothes outside damaged houses and buildings. It said two people were killed, as many buildings were damaged, and 100 people were injured.

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“Tremors from the earthquake lasted for about 10 seconds. Fortunately, no serious damage was reported,” state TV said.

“Rescue teams are assessing the damage, making contact with people and checking their health,” it said.

The foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said Iran’s neighbouring Pakistan should be blamed for any casualties. “People on our borders cannot be told to stay in their houses,” he told the state-run IRNA news agency.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from any Indian territory and China was also given credit for helping out in the aftermath of the quake. China is a neighbour of Iran and shares the long border with the Sistan-Baluchestan province.

There was no official comment from Pakistan.

Pakistan’s weather department said very strong earthquake tremors had been felt near Jalandhar, in the Punjab province and in villages of Kashgar.

With reporting by Reuters

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