Four separate earthquakes were recorded near the southern port city of Bandar Lengeh, including earthquakes of magnitude 6.1, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center also recorded a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran.
Fars news agency reported that 12 villages in the surrounding Hormozgan province were affected.
The official Iranian news agency, quoting local officials, reported that most of the damage occurred in the village of Sayehkhush, where many homes were destroyed.
Officials said five villages lost power due to the earthquakes.
“Currently there are 75 rescue forces and emergency teams in the earthquake-affected areas using 12 operation vehicles,” the Iranian Red Crescent Society said on Twitter.
Shake can be felt in the United Arab Emirates, according to field reports from CNN staff.
Other affected countries include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and Afghanistan, according to the US Geological Survey.
The area is known for its seismic activity and the US Geological Survey included in its update that the “earthquake sequence” reported over the past few hours is “relatively common”.
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