Fears for Middle Eastern Big One after quake strikes fragile fault line in Iran

Express – January 7, 2017

The 5.3 magnitude earthquake struck on Friday and prompting a search operation for any wounded.The quake struck at dawn, with its epicentre 33 miles of the city of Jahrom, the USGS said.State TV reported: “Four Afghans living and working on a farm were killed … (in) Saifabad village near the town of Khonj.”
The governor of Fars province, Mokhtar Abbasi, told state TV that rescuers were searching the quake zone for any other victims in the sparsely populated region.Three injured people from the village of Chartala were taken to hospital but later discharged, the official IRNA news agency reported.Iran is criss-crossed by major fault line and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years.It included a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 which flattened the southeastern city of Bam and killed more than 25,000 people.

Experts have previously warned that hundreds of thousands of people could die if a powerful earthquake one day struck Tehran.