Magnitude 6.2 quake hits southeast Iran

Frederick Owens
December 13, 2017

An natural disaster of 6.1 magnitude hit Northern and Central Iran at 3.11 am on Wednesday.

According to the Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the tremor occurred at 12:15 hours local time (8:45 GMT) in an area located at 30.75 degrees latitude and 57.31 degrees longitude and at the depth of 10 kilometers.

Officials said old houses were damaged in six villages, and classes at schools and universities were cancelled.

Later Tuesday, the USGS reported another quake in the region, a 6.0-magnitude temblor about 65 kilometres from Kernan.

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On December 11, another quake, which Iranian state media reported at 6.0 and the USGS reported at 5.4, hit western Iran, in the same region where a magnitude 7.3 natural disaster killed at least 530 people last month.

On November 12, a devastating 7.3-magnitude quake hit Iran western province of Kermanshah claiming the lives of at least 530 people and injuring over 8,000 others.

In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Iran has experienced at least two other major disasters in recent years - one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.

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