UPDATED/ IRCS Responds to Tehran Earthquake

TEHRAN, 8 May 2020 (IRCS) - Iranian Red Crescent provincial branch of Tehran has set up 200 tents in a sport center in Damavand City to provide emergency sheltering in the event of a possible earthquake.

At 00:48 a.m. (local time) Friday, 8 May, a 5.1-magnitude tremor shook Damavand City near the Iranian capital of Tehran at the depth of 7 km, according to the Seismology Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University.

The epicentre of the quake was a village called Ziarat. Damavand City is 69 km east of Tehran.

Red Crescent teams were dispatched to the region following the quake.

Some citizens swarmed the streets of Tehran, Damavand, Pardis, Jajrood and Lavasan following the tremor.

 

The quake was felt in the Iranian capital of Tehran, as well as Qom, Mazandaran and Qazvin provinces.

48-hours after the main quake, 100 aftershocks have been registered in the region.

About an hour before the main quake, a magnitude 2.9 earthquake shook Damavand at the depth of 10 km. 

Iranian Red Crescent provincial branch of Tehran has set up 200 tents in a sport center in Damavand City to provide emergency sheltering in the event of a possible earthquake.

Following the quake, Red Crescent sent six relief and operational teams to assess the epicenter of the quake.

According to Tehran's Emergency Medical Services (EMS), a 60-year-old man died in Gilavand, Damavand County, due to head trauma while fleeing after the quake. A 21-year-old woman also died in Tehran due to fear and heart failure, according to Tehran province's Crisis Management Department.

None of the injured or dead people in the quake were injured or killed directly caused by earthquake or debris.

Furthermore, 33 people (15 in Tehran), who rushed out of their houses in panic, were injured.

The Red Crescent teams are on alert in Tehran province and neighbouring provinces, according to Morteza Salimi, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS).

 

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