Magnitude 5 earthquake strikes southern Iran

A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage, but the semi-official ISNA news agency said that no casualties and damages had so far been reported after the quake (USGS)
Updated 06 November 2019

Magnitude 5 earthquake strikes southern Iran

  • The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.3
  • The Tehran-based seismological center said that there were several after tremors measuring as high as 4.2

TEHRAN: A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Iran's southern province of Hormozgan on Wednesday, according to the country's seismological center.
The center's website said the 5.4 magnitude quake struck at 11:10 a.m. local time, some 125 kilometers (77 miles) west of the port city of Bandar Abbas. It said the temblor struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake's magnitude at 5.3.
A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage, but the semi-official ISNA news agency said that no casualties and damages had so far been reported after the quake.
The Tehran-based seismological center said that there were several after tremors measuring as high as 4.2.
Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.


Top Lebanese politician Gebran Bassil infected with coronavirus

Updated 28 September 2020

Top Lebanese politician Gebran Bassil infected with coronavirus

  • Bassil is the son-in-law of Lebanese President Michel Aoun and a former foreign minister who heads the country’s largest Christian political bloc
  • He discovered he was infected on Saturday after several tests

BEIRUT: Former Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil has been infected with the coronavirus, he said on Sunday, as cases surge throughout the country.

Bassil, the son-in-law of Lebanese President Michel Aoun and leader of the country’s largest Christian political bloc, said he had tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday.

The party said he had a mild case of the disease and had made it public as a “message to everyone who has had contact with him recently.” He would quarantine himself until he overcame the virus, it said.

“Bassil wanted to issue this statement to inform all those he was recently in contact with, as they could not all be contacted individually, and to apologize for not knowing in advance about the matter,” the political party said in the statement.

The statement did not specify when Bassil last met with the 85-year-old Aoun.

Lebanon’s leading politicians have been meeting frequently in recent weeks amid efforts to form a new government.

The country has seen a spike in coronavirus infections following a devastating Aug. 4 port blast. On Saturday, the country registered a record 1,280 new daily infections. The virus has killed at least 340 people.

Bassil is widely unpopular among Lebanon’s street protesters, many of whom made sarcastic comments on social media.

“Corona announces that it has been infected with the Gebran Bassil virus,” one wrote.

He is the third Lebanese politician to be infected, after former minister Mohammed Safadi and current caretaker Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbe.