News ID: 206921
Published: 0520 GMT December 26, 2017

One dead after 4.2-magnitude quake near Tehran

One dead after 4.2-magnitude quake near Tehran
IRNA
Many residents in Tehran spent the night outside, in cars, or in sports facilities and other buildings turned into rescue centers.

National Desk A quake of magnitude 4.2 shook an area 50 km (31 miles) west of Tehran in the early hours of Wednesday morning, killing one person and injuring at least 56.

An old man died of a heart attack and most of the injured were hurt while trying to run out of buildings and were released from hospitals after treatment, IRNA reported.

Schools in Alborz Province and two cities of Tehran Province closed on Wednesday.

The quake is an aftershock of a 5.2-magnitude quake that struck Mallard, a town near the capital, on Dec. 20, killing two people and injuring 117.

It was also felt in Tehran where many residents spent the night outside, in cars, or in sports facilities and other buildings turned into rescue centers.

Crisscrossed by several major geological fault lines, Iran is one of the world’s most quake-prone countries. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman Province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

 

   
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