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Quake kills 2, injures 400 in northeastern Iran

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A car damaged by an earthquake in Iran’s North Khorasan province on May 13, 2017. (Photos by IRNA)

At least two people have been killed and as many as 400 other injured as a 5.7-Richter scale earthquake rocked northeastern Iran.

The quake struck late on Saturday, in North Khorasan Province’s capital Bojnourd at a depth of eleven kilometers.

Search and rescue teams, including Red Crescent relief workers, have been dispatched to the region and are currently attending to the injured and searching for survivors.

According to the province’s Red Crescent office, 12 fast response teams were sent to the city and were able to free 19 people from beneath fallen rubble and debris.

Local officials have noted that the earthquake’s aftermath has blocked access to several villages. They have noted that locals have been asked to sleep outdoors over the probability of aftershocks.

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In April, an earthquake measuring six on the Richter scale hits near the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, temporarily disrupting cellular communication and landlines.

A wall damaged by an earthquake in Iran’s North Khorasan province on May 13, 2017.

The tremor took place on April 5 some 100 kilometers away from Mashhad, prompting rescue and rapid response teams to be dispatched to the affected areas.                

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