An earthquake in Iran has shaken the country. More than 500 people were injured on Wednesday morning.
Tehran – An earthquake in Iran injured 500 people. The quake is reported as having a magnitude of 5.4. According to the authorities, the natural disaster occurred on Wednesday morning in the province of West Azerbaijan in the north-west of the country.
Regional governor Mohammed Sadegh Motamedia speaks of at least 528 injuries. Most of them suffered minor injuries. In addition, 50 houses were destroyed and 500 others damaged. Earthquakes are a regular occurrence in Iran due to several tectonic fault lines running beneath the country. The worst earthquake happened in 1990. The magnitude 7.4 earthquake killed 40,000 people in the north of the country. In 2003, at least 31,000 people were killed in a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southeastern Iran. (yo/afp)
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