6 Killed after 5.9 Magnitude Hits Northeastern Iran

More than 400 Houses Were Damage in the Quake


At least six people were confirmed dead after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook East Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran early Friday morning.

According to a statement by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck Hastrud at about 2:30 a.m. (2300 GMT Thursday).

The USGS said the quake, whose epicenter was in Mianeh, had a shallow depth of about 6:2 miles and was felt by more than 20 million people.

About 345 people were injured in the incident and were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

More than 400 houses were damaged during the quake, leaving several homeless.

Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, said rescue teams and medical helicopters had been dispatched to render aid to the affected victims.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian, a contributor to this site, is available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.