Earthquake strikes the west of Iran; at least one dead

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

An earthquake centered in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah has killed at least one person and injured at least 68 others, officials say.

The magnitude-5.5 quake, struck 24 miles below the surface at a depth of 10 miles, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Video from the scene showed a bridge collapsed in the mountains, falling down onto people walking on it.

Footage from the scene shows a bridge collapsed in the mountains, falling down onto people walking on it.

The provincial government in Iran announced a state of emergency as tents were sent to disaster sites.

Mahmoud Zaki, deputy governor of Kermanshah, said that one person was killed and 60 people were injured in the town of Ivinasht, according to the semi-official Tasnim news agency.

“In the previous 12 hours, the quake has caused 13 casualties, including five soldiers,” Zaki was quoted as saying.

More than 200 people were also hurt in the town of Kermanshah itself, officials said.

The tremors, which struck at the same time as a 4.4-magnitude quake hit Uttar Pradesh in neighboring India, were felt by more than 1.2 million people across the border, according to the Indian Meteorological Department.

Unverified reports said the epicenter was also close to Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.

Fars News Agency said the station’s entire system was functioning normally.

“We haven’t been affected,” said the station’s spokesman Akbar Soltani, who added that it was busy with its emergency preparations.

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