OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2006/03/31
The main cities affected are Boroujerd and Dorud; however, provincial authorities estimate that there are more than 200 villages between the two cities, which have suffered substantial damage.
OCHA ReliefWeb 2006/03/31
At least 38 people were killed when a powerful earthquake struck western Iran. Another 700 people were also injured in the quake which hit the province of Lorestan near the border with Iraq with a force of 6.0 on the Richter scale, state television quoted a local official as saying.
About 200 villages suffered 40 to 100 percent damage in the quake which struck between the towns of Dorud and Borujerd, the unnamed official said, adding that ancient buildings in Borujerd were damaged.
State media quoted the local official as saying
Preliminary Earthquake Report by USGS
Magnitude: 6.1 (revised)
Friday, March 31, 2006 at 01:17:02 (UTC)
Friday, March 31, 2006 at 4:47:02 AM (local time)
Region: WESTERN IRAN
Reuters AlertNet 31 March 2006
A strong earthquake hit a remote part of western Iran on Friday, 31 March 2006, killing about 50 people and devastating villages, a senior provincial official said. About 800 people were also injured, according to Mohammad Reza Mohseni-Sani, governor of Lorestan province, which contains the quake-hit Doroud and Boroujerd area, state radio reported.