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Home / World / Quake jolts western Iran, more than 100 injured

Quake jolts western Iran, more than 100 injured

An earthquake with a magnitude 4.7 injures more than 100 people but no one is seriously hurt or hospitalized, reports Iranian state TV

world Updated: May 01, 2008, 23:26 IST
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An earthquake with a magnitude 4.7 injured more than 100 people in western Iran on Thursday, reported the Iranian state TV, but no one was seriously hurt or hospitalized.

The report said the mild quake jolted three towns in Lorestan province at 04:45 local time (0015GMT). It quoted the head of Lorestan's emergency department, Reza Ariai, as saying that at least 70 of the wounded lived in the city of Boroujerd, 350 kilometers (217 miles) southwest of the capital Tehran. He did not say where the others were hurt.

The official IRNA news agency said the quake sent panic-stricken Boroujerd residents to the streets and that two aftershocks followed the quake. It also shattered windows of a number of the city's buildings but there were no reports of serious damage. Iran is located on several seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight quake every day on average.

In March 2006, three earthquakes and nine aftershocks hit the same area in quick succession, killing at least 70 people and injuring about 1,200.

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