At least five people have died and dozens of others injured after at least three earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of more than six hit the province of Hormozgan in southern Iran.
Two of the strongest shocks were registered at magnitude 6.3, but the one that inflicted all the casualties is thought to be an initial magnitude 6.1 quake at a depth of about 10km (6.2 miles) below the surface that hit in the early hours of Saturday.
“All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes,” local official said.
At least 30 aftershocks were felt in villages and towns near Bandar Abbas, local officials said, adding that tremors were also felt in the neighbouring United Arab Emirates
The quakes sent thousands of people into the streets, where they spent the rest of the night.
Many people are still staying in tents that local authorities and emergency services have set up.