Natural Disasters in the East

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits Iran's Fars province

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Fars province in southern Iran on Sunday, Iranian state TV reported. There were no immediate reports of fatalities or damage in the area of the quake, which was centred near the town of Khesht, …

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Five dead in floods, landslides in northeast Turkey

At least five people have been killed and three people are missing after heavy rains hit Turkey’s northeastern Black Sea coast, triggering floods and landslides, officials and reports said Thursday. The heavy downpour struck the …

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Earthquake hits southern Iran 

 A 4.9-magnitute earthquake shook the suburbs of the city of Babamonir in Iran's southern Fars Province. According to the Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the earthquake occurred at 15:41 …

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Magnitude 5.3 quake rattles southwestern Turkey

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake struck Turkey’s southwestern province of Mugla, the country's disaster agency said early Tuesday.  The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said the quake struck 11.4 kilometers …

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Fires break out across Israel due to heatwave

Firefighters have been working to put out fires across Israel on Monday. Many of the fires are being contained but according to the spokespersons of the Israeli Fire and Rescue Services, most of the fires are ongoing and have not been …

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Earthquake in northeastern Iran injures 3 people

At least three people were injured after a 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Iran's Sankhast in North Khorasan Province, head of Iran's Red Crescent Society's Rescue and Relief Organization Mehdi Valipour said on …

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Floods claim ten lives in Iran

Flash floods caused have killed at least 10 people in Iran, head of Relief & Rescue Organisation of the Iranian Red Crescent Society Mahdi Vallipour said. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said that at least eight provinces in …

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Hundreds of earthquakes shake southwest Japan

Japan's Meteorological Agency says hundreds of earthquakes have been occurring in waters near the Tokara Islands in the country's southwest since April 9. Some of the jolts registered 3 or 4 on the Japanese intensity scale of …

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Massive sandstorm hits Gulf countries

This weekend a powerful sandstorm descended on several countries in the Persian Gulf region, including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The weather took a turn for the worse on Friday evening, with strong winds throwing clouds of dust and sand …

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Iran hit by 5-magnitude earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude five on the richter scale hit Faryab in Iran's southern Kerman Province at 16:24 local time (1254 GMT) on Sunday, according to Iran's Seismological Center. The epicenter of the earthquake was at the …

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Eastern Turkey hit by magnitude 4 quake

A magnitude 4 earthquake was reported in eastern Turkey on Friday, according to the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). The tremor was recorded in Agri province at 8:57 a.m. local time (0557GMT) at a depth of around …

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Magnitude 5.6 quake hits southwest Iran

A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck southwest Iran near the town of Sisakht on Wednesday evening and at least 10 people were injured, state television said. "People in Sisakht and the town of Yasuj left their homes in panic. Water …

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Torrential rain causes flash floods in Turkey's Izmir

Torrential rains caused flash floods Tuesday morning in Izmir, blocking main arteries in the downtown area and surrounding districts of Aliağa, Foça and Dikili. Calling the situation a disaster, the municipality urged residents …

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Twin earthquakes hit western Turkey

Twin earthquakes shook western Turkey on Monday morning off the country's Aegean Sea coast, according to the country's disaster agency. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on its website that the first …

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Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits southern Iran

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck Iran’s southeast on Sunday. The earthquake occurred at 7.34 p.m. local time (1604GMT) in Faryab city of Kerman province at a depth of 21 kilometers, according to the Tehran University …

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At least 34 killed as quake rocks Indonesia

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia's Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said. Hundreds more were injured when the 6.2-magnitude quake …

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Strong earthquake hits Russian-Mongolian border

A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck early Tuesday in northern Mongolia not far from the border with Russia, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, was …

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Ankara hit by magnitude 4.5 earthquake

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake rattled Turkey’s capital Ankara on Sunday, according to the country’s disaster management agency. The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on its website that the epicenter of …

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