At least five dead and twenty injured after a magnitude 6 earthquake in Iran

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At least five people have died and 19 have been injured by an earthquake of magnitude 6 on the Richter scale that has been registered this Saturday in the coastal city of Bandar Lengeh, on the Persian Gulf coast of Iran.

During the night more than a dozen aftershocks have been registered, which have affected different infrastructures of various Iranian cities, affecting residential buildings, bridges and roads.

“Due to the number of earthquakes tonight, emergency camps will be opened in (the port city of) Bandar Abbas and other earthquake-affected areas with the help of the Red Crescent… We ask people not to travel to the areas affected by the earthquake,” explained the governor of Hormozg√°n province, Abdolhossein Moghtadaee, according to the IRNA news agency.

The earthquake was recorded around 11:02 p.m., Spanish peninsular time, at a depth of 10 kilometers, as reported by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The cities affected by the earthquake have registered water and electricity cuts. Rescue forces have headed to the affected area, the IRNA news agency reported.

Likewise, the authorities have asked citizens to remain calm and to contact the emergency services through official channels in case of any problem.

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