In Southern Iran, an 6.1 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday afternoon killed at least three people and injured 22 others, said a state news report.
The earthquake was near Bandar Abbas in Hormuzgan province, home to one of Iran’s major oil refineries.
“The latest number of the dead people is three and 22 people have been injured in today’s earthquake”, Yasser Hazbavi, provincial disaster headquarters chief, was quoted by Iranian state news as saying.
The area is being inspecting by team from the Red Crescent to assess damage and provide support, he said.
The earthquake was at a depth of 55km and at 53km west-southwest of Bandar Abbas, said the US Geological Survey. And the earthquake was followed by at least ten aftershocks, the largest of which measured 4.8 on the Richter scale.
Accross the Gulf in the United Arab Emirates, residents reported feeling the tremor.
As the country sits over several earth fault lines, Iran is particularly prone to earthquakes.
In 2003, an earthquake in the southeastern city of Bam killed at least 31 000 people.