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Deadly earthquake strikes Iran

Friday, November 8th 2019, 3:41 pm - The quake was initially thought to be a magnitude 5.8, but was later upgraded.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Iran's Azerbaijan province Friday, killing at least six people and injuring more than 300, authorities say.

According to state news agency IRNA, there were 60 aftershocks.

The initial quake was felt by an estimated 20 million people. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reports the quake had a shallow depth of 10 km, which would have increased the shaking.

REUTERS - Iran earthquake A damaged car is seen under the ruins, after an earthquake hit the Varankesh village in Eastern Azerbaijan province, northwest of Tehran, Iran November 08, 2019. Tasnim News Agency/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

Approximately 400 houses were damaged.

Roughly 90 per cent of Iran is crossed by major fault lines, making it one of the most earthquake-prone regions on the planet.

Source: Reuters


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