Iran natural disaster latest: Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes Kerman province

  • Iran natural disaster latest: Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes Kerman province

Iran natural disaster latest: Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes Kerman province

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and capable of causing severe damage. No injuries were reported. The 20 damaged buildings were mostly older structures, state media reported.

It seems that people have been alert about such incidents following the latest fatal quake in the region, Mahmoudian was quoted as saying.

Last month, the same region was struck by a 7.3-magnitude natural disaster that left around 600 dead.

President Hassan Rouhani has championed his government's work in bring aid and temporary housing to the victims of the deadly quake, but critics say the response was not quick enough. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded its magnitude as 6.1 and said it struck at a depth of 57 km (35 miles).

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country.

An quake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 18 people and damaging about 20 houses, state media reported.