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Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:4PM
Part of a brick wall collapses in the central Iranian city of Boldaji after an earthquake on January 25, 2013.

Part of a brick wall collapses in the central Iranian city of Boldaji after an earthquake on January 25, 2013.

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale has struck the central Iranian city of Boldaji, but there have been no reports of casualties. The Iranian Seismological Center said that the tremor hit at 15:41:23 local time (12:11:02 GMT) on Friday. The epicenter of the quake was one kilometer east of Boldaji, in the province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, at a depth of eight kilometers. The tremor was followed by three aftershocks measuring 2, 2.1 and 1.9 on the Richter scale. Saeed Mardani, the governor of the adjacent city of Boroujen, said the quake only lightly damaged some houses in the city and nearby villages. “The quake has not disrupted the mobile phone system, water, electricity and gas networks,” he added. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average. The deadliest earthquake to hit Iran in recent years happened on December 26, 2003, when a 6.6 magnitude quake struck Bam city and the surrounding areas in Kerman province. The destructive earthquake left 26,271 people dead and 30,000 injured. KA/MHB
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