Thursday Apr 18, 201301:50 PM GMT
Magnitude 5.2 quake jolts E Azarbaijan in NW Iran
Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:43PM
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In August 2012, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake jolted the city of Ahar, near East Azarbaijan’s provincial capital Tabriz, killing around 300 people."

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale has struck Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan.


The earthquake occurred at 9:15 a.m. local time (0445 GMT) in the northwestern town of Tasooj, in Iran’s East Azerbaijan Province.

A magnitude 4.1 aftershock also jolted the area.

There has been no immediate report on the possible casualties.

The mayor of the neighboring city of Shabestar said some buildings have been damaged.

In August 2012, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Ahar, near East Azarbaijan’s provincial capital, Tabriz, killing around 300 people and wounding more than 4,000 others

Also earlier this week, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan near the border with Pakistan.

The quake, unprecedented in the past 50 years, was also felt in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the littoral states of the Persian Gulf.

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