1204 GMT April 01, 2020
According to the Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, the earthquake hit an area near Hajdak village in Kerman Province at 01:11 a.m. (local time).
Saberi said that so far, 58 people have been taken to hospitals in Kerman following the strong quake, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The official also emphasized that all of the hospitals of the province are on full alert.
The area was jolted by several aftershocks, ranging in magnitude from 4 to 5.1 on the Richter scale.
Earlier on Tuesday, a 6.2-magnitude earthquake had jolted the same district in Kerman, which led to the injuring of 17 people, according to the head of the province’s medical emergency center.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90 percent of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
On November 12, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that has killed 620 people, according to the latest toll.