Four separate earthquakes were recorded near the southern port city of Bandar-e Lengy, including one with a magnitude of 6.1, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS) website. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center also registered a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Iran.
According to FARS, 12 villages in the neighboring province of Hormozgan were affected.
The worst damage occurred in the village of Sayehkhosh, where many houses were destroyed, Iranian state-run IRNA reported, citing local officials.
Five villages lost power due to the earthquakes, officials said.
“Currently, there are 75 rescue and rescue teams in the earthquake-affected areas using 12 operational vehicles,” the Iranian Red Crescent Society said on Twitter.
The shaking was felt in the United Arab Emirates, according to reports from CNN staff on the ground.
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 “earthquake sequence” reported over the past few hours is “relatively common.”