ID : N-882 Date : 2017/12/21 - 12:50
(Persia Digest) – A wave of earthquakes has been hitting Iran since mid-November along the Zagros fault, extending from the west of Iran to the south. It was deadly in Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah in November, and it has now reached Tehran last night, when an earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter in Malard, shook Tehran, Karaj, and the surrounding cities.
The capital of Iran looked different last night. It was packed with people choosing to sleep in cars, parks, and every back street of Tehran, taking refuge on the streets. Long petrol queues caused traffic jams. The memory of the deadly earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in western Iran only last month still lingered on in people’s minds. Following the 5.2 Richter quake last night, people were worried about a bigger one hitting next. Fortunately, it did not come. Twelve aftershocks have been registered as of this morning, the largest of which measured 2.6 on the Richter scale.
Nevertheless, many people spent the night in their cars and had to keep the engines running to turn the heater on due to cold weather. This is said to have added to the air pollution presently plaguing the city and leading to the closure of schools and offices.
The Head of the Crisis Management Organization of Iran, Najjar, reported the loss of two lives including a 7-year old child, and said: “One person has also been reported dead in Malard and 56 injured while trying to flee their houses. One person was injured due to a fire in a tent.
The epicenter of the said earthquake last night was 3kms from the city of Malard. It was caused when the Mahdasht fault became active to the south of Karaj. The inhabitants of Alborz and Tehran put a difficult night behind them.