Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits northwest Iran

May 27th, 2008 - 4:39 pm ICT by admin  

RIA Novosti
Tehran, May 27 (RIA Novosti) A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit the Zandjan province in northwest Iran Tuesday, a seismological assessment centre reported. The quake was registered at 10:48 local time (06.18 GMT). There was no immediate report of death or damage.

On May 1, a 4.7-magnitude quake was registered in the country’s western Lorestan province. About 100 people sustained minor injuries.

Iran is highly prone to earthquakes, and over 31,000 people have died in tremors in the country since 2003.

In 2003, the city of Bam was hit by a quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale and in 2005 a quake of 6.4 magnitude shook the town of Zarand.
RIA Novosti

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