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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Iran

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Tehran: Two earthquakes hit eastern Iran in quick succession early on Friday, the first a fairly strong magnitude 6.0 tremor that struck at a shallow depth close to the populous city of Kerman, the US Geological Survey said.

It was followed up ten minutes later by a less powerful 5.0 aftershock in the same area, the survey said.

USGS’s modelling predicted a low chance of widespread loss of life or property.

The latest tremors come just over two weeks after a 7.3 quake killed more than 400 people in western Kermanshah province, close to the border with neighbouring Iraq.

Iran has experienced at least two major quake disasters since — one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.

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