A strong earthquake has struck southeastern Iran near the city of Fars, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing at least one person and injuring a further 16. There are also reports of some buildings collapsing in the city.
The quake measured magnitude 6.7, according to the USGS. Reuters has reported the quake as having a preliminary magnitude of 6.8.
According to Iran’s ILNA news agency, at least one person was killed and 17 injured in the hard-hit city of Khorramshahr.
The moderate Islamic Republic News Agency said 10 houses had collapsed in Khorramshahr, one of which was a complete disaster and several people were injured.
One of the main bridges over the Fars river, linking the city to the rest of the country, had collapsed, according to Iranian state media.
Elite Revolutionary Guards Corps forces were sent to the site of the earthquake, state-run Press TV reported.
Iran’s provincial governor Hassan Abbas Haji Safi told the state-run IRNA news agency the number of casualties was still uncertain because rescue operations were not complete.