Ventura Hit With 2 Earthquakes In Less Than 1 Hour

USGS map

The USGS earthquake map shows more than a dozen small earthquakes near Ventura on Thursday morning with two above 3.0 magnitude

At least five people were killed and more than 300 were injured after a 5.9 magnitude natural disaster struck Iran on Friday.

"Rescue teams and helicopters have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas and hospitals are on full alert to help injured people", Iran's emergency medical services chief Pirhossein Kolivand was quoted as saying by Press TV's English website.

There are not yet any reports of damages or injuries.

According to early reports, at least 120 other people have been injured in the quake, which hit at 2:17 a.m. on November 8.

In many areas people had returned to their homes by daybreak after the initial panic subsided and the aftershocks petered out.

The Iranian state television broadcast images of people who had fled their homes warming themselves around a fire lit on a public highway. State TV reported the quake destroyed 30 homes near its epicenter.

The U.S. Geological Survey reporting the area was hit with a magnitude 3.5 natural disaster just after 4:30 a.m.

On November 6, a 5.4-magnitude quake struck the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan. At least three villages near Mianeh, the most populous city in the province, have been badly damaged, Press TV reported, citing officials. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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