Earthquake measuring 5.7 hits Iran

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July 31, 2010 13:19

 
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TEHERAN – A 5.7-magnitude earthquake rattled the northeast Iranian city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh on Friday, injuring at least 170 people.


Iran's state TV said the quake also damaged several villages and temporarily disrupted communications.

The earthquake occurred at around 06:20 p.m. local time (14:50 GMT) and rocked the city for about 10 seconds, causing cell phone disconnections.


Local Governor Mojtaba Sadeqian said one of the injured was in critical condition.


Torbat-e Heydariyeh is in Razavi Khorasan province, about 445 miles (714 kilometers) east of Teheran.

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