36 injured in Iran quake

January 20th, 2012 - 2:36 am ICT by IANS  

Tehran, Jan 20 (IANS) At least 36 people were injured in a magnitude-5.6 earthquake that struck Iran Thursday, an official said.

Seyyed Reza Abbasi, an official in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi told Fars news agency that the injured were hospitalised in hospitals of Neyshabur city and they were not in serious condition.

He said there were no reports of casualties, Xinhua reported.

Due to the intensity of the earthquake, walls of some buildings cracked and window panes broke in Neyshabur and in surrounding villages, he said.

IRNA news agency said telecommunication systems, including cell phones, faced disruptions.

The quake jolted northeastern Iran at 4.05 p.m. The epicenter, with a depth of 10.4 km, was determined to be in Neyshabur region, 64 km to the west of Iran’s holy city of
Mashhad, said the US Geological Survey.

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