3 dead after magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits Iran

2017-05-14 15:44

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Tehran – Iranian state TV has reported that a strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake has left three people dead and about 200 injured in a remote area in the country's northeast.

The quake that struck late on Saturday jolted the town of Pishqaleh, a farming region close to the Turkmenistan border, with a population of about 2 000 people, some 800km northeast of the capital Tehran.

The earthquake led to a power outage and TV reports said the quake damaged several buildings in nearby villages.

A magnitude 5.7 quake has the potential to cause considerable damage.

Iran is prone to daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 temblor flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26 000 people.

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