The epicenter of the quake was Golgir village, 45 km off Masjed Soleyman, at a depth of 17 km. The quake was also felt in Baghmalek, Izeh and Haftkel.

According to Morteza Salimi, Head of the Iranian Red Crescent Relief and Rescue Organisation, the quake left one dead and 115 injured in Masjed Soleyman. A 70-year-old man lost his life due to panic. Seven people received outpatient services and others were hospitalised. Four injured with severe injury were taken to hospital by Red Crescent ambulances. Ten people were injured during the quake in Izeh. Furthermore, the quake left three injured in Baghmalek.

A rural house in Golgir village which was damaged by the recent earthquake in Masjed Soleyman/ Photo: Tasnim

Red Crescent rendered relief services to 571 families (2,616 people). The Society dispatched assessment teams to  23 quake-hit villages. Khuzestan provincial Red Crescent branch dispatched one relief helicopter to assess the quake-hit regions. Seven areas considered for emergency accommodation of the people. Red Crescent provided emergency shelter for more than 1,000 people in Masjed Soleyman.

IRCS relief workers setting up tents to shelter earthquake-hit people/ Photo: IRCS

Red Crescent relief workers set up tents in the area of Masjed Soleyman’s 22 Bahman hospital to accommodate the patients if the aftershocks continue. Red Crescent distributed essential relief and food items, including tents, blankets, ground sheets and canned food to the affected people.

After the main earthquake, 21 aftershocks have been registered, the biggest of which was 4.7 on the Richter scale.

There are 56 villages with a population of 5,580 within the 15-km radius of the earthquake. In rural areas of Masjed Soleyman, crashing the walls of the houses and minor mountain falls in sub-main arteries were reported.