Earthquake strikes southwest Iran, killing at least one

Written by By By Alicia Chang, CNN

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck in the west of Iran on Tuesday, killing at least one person and injuring 27 others, the US Geological Survey said.

Iranian media reported the man died in the western province of Gilan.

Authorities are not yet able to confirm the number of homes damaged or their total value in Gilan, Mehr news agency reported.

The epicenter of the quake was in Ahar, near Azaran, 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast of the Kermanshah provincial capital, Ahvaz, according to the USGS.

Multiple aftershocks were felt and some damaged buildings have collapsed, Mehr reported.

Aftershocks were also being felt in the Qazvin province as well as in the Khorasan region of western Iran.

Iran sits on top of several major seismic faults and has been hit by several earthquakes in recent years.

In December 2012, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked the eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, killing about 530 people.

On December 25, 2012, a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Bam, killing more than 27,000 people.

Iran has also had earthquakes exceeding magnitude 7 in the past.

The deadliest in recent years was in 2003, when an earthquake measuring 7.6 killed about 26,000 people in southwestern Iran.

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