On 18 August 2014 at 7:02 (am) local time, an earthquake was reported in Ilam province, in the western Islamic Republic of Iran. The quake struck 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near to the town of Mour-Mouri.
The US Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 and said its epicentre was at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).
18 villages are exposed to damage with a total population of about 4500.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Education reported about 50 injured people had been rescued in Abdanan, three of them hospitalized and no deaths reported.
The night before (17 August), reference to announced warning by the governorate and due to experienced minor tremors struck, people mostly spent the night outside their homes.
Investigations to find and rescue all casualties and to map the damage happened are in process.
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This year the WHO Executive Board awarded the Dr A.T. Shousha Foundation Prize for the 2013 to Dr Mohammad Reza Mohammadi (Islamic Republic of Iran), Head of the Psychiatry and Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, for his significant contribution to public health in the Islamic Republic of Iran, particularly in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.
The prize was presented to Dr Mohammadi during the Sixtieth Session of the Regional Committee, which was held in Muscat, Oman, from 27 to 30 October 2013.
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