According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website, four separate earthquakes were recorded, including a recorded 6.1 magnitude earthquake near the southern port city of Bandar-e Lengeh. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center also recorded a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Iran.
Twelve villages surrounding the province of Hormuzgan were damaged, FARS reported.
According to the news of Iranian state media outlet IRNA, citing local officials, the most damage occurred in the village of Sayehkhosh, where many houses were destroyed.
Officials said five villages lost electricity due to the earthquakes.
“Currently, 75 rescue-operation forces and emergency teams are deployed in the earthquake-affected areas with 12 operational vehicles,” the Iranian Red Crescent said in a statement on Twitter.
Shaking can be felt in the United Arab Emirates, according to field reports from CNN staff.
Other affected countries include Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar and Afghanistan, according to the USGS.
The area is known for its seismic activity, and the USGS included in its update that the “sequence of earthquakes” reported in the past few hours was “relatively common.”