Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Tehran quake: Magnitude 5.2 tremor hits Iran's capital

Tehran earthquake: Magnitude 5.2 tremor hits Iran's capital Magnitude 5.2 earthquake felt in Iran capital
Faye Gross | 22 December, 2017, 00:55

While Iranian state TV put its magnitude at 5.2, the U.S. Geological Survey later said it was a 5.0 quake.

If there are Malaysians affected by the disaster, they are advised to contact the Embassy of Malaysia, No. 25, Second Alley, North Zarafshan St., Eyvanak Blvd, Phase 4, Shahrak Qods, Tehran, Iran.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage, but many people in Tehran and other cities and towns poured into the streets out of fear.

Iran sits atop several fault lines, and yesterday's quake is the latest in a series to have hit the country in little more than a week.

The woman died in the town of Malard, the epicenter of the quake, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital.

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Meanwhile, police forces, firefighters, rescue operation teams and crisis management bodies in the six quake-hit province are on alert.

The quake was also felt in the central and northern provinces of Alborz, Qom, Qazvin, Markazi and Gilan. People in Tehran and suburban towns are on the streets in panic.

"We are asking people to stay calm as the traffic itself could create problems", the Iranian Red Crescent's Mortza Redmare said on television. Her death was reported early Thursday.

An elderly woman and a young girl died and almost 100 people were injured as a 5.2 magnitude quake sparked panic in the Iranian capital and neighbouring areas, officials said on Thursday (Dec 21).

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