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Earthquake measuring 5.6 hits southern Iran

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 04:34 IST
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A moderate earthquake measuring 5.6 hit southern Iran, but there was no immediate word of casualties or damage, the US government has reported.

The US Geological Survey said the tremor, which occurred at 2102 GMT on Wednesday (0232 IST today), centered 53 kilometres southwest of the Iranian city of Bandar-e Abbas and 135 kilometres north of Ra's al Khaymah in the United Arab Emirates.

The reading was based on the open-ended Moment Magnitude scale, now used by US seismologists, which measures the area of the fault that ruptured and the total energy released.