Powerful 5.1 earthquake hits northern Iran, 2 dead, 38 injured

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hits northern Iran, leaving 2 dead and 38 injured as they fled their homes in a panic.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicentre of the earthquake was at Damavand, just northeast of the capital, at the depth of 10km (6.2 miles).

Among the dead were a 21-year-old woman in Tehran who suffered heart failure, and a 60-year-old man in the city of Damavand, east of the capital, killed by a head injury, officials said.

There was no serious damage from the quake that struck after midnight on the border of the provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran, authorities said.

Iran’s national seismological center confirmed it recorded eight aftershocks since the 5.1 earthquake, the largest of which measured 9.3 on the Richter scale.

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Iranians in the capital took to the streets out of fear, according to state media and images shared on social media.

Many people in Tehran have left their homes out of fear of possible aftershocks.

Officials urged people who spent the night outdoors to observe social distancing to limit spread of the coronavirus that has killed nearly 6,500 and infected more than 103,000 in Iran.

 

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