Moderate earthquake hits remote area in northeast Iran

August 28, 2010 00:16

TEHERAN – Iranian state TV reported a magnitude 5.9 earthquake shook a remote area in northeastern Iran.

The report says the quake struck at 11:53 p.m. local time on Saturday (19:23 GMT), about 190 miles (300 kilometers) outside the town of Damghan in Semnan province.The TV said one villager was injured and 15 homes were damaged. The toll likely was not higher because the area is very sparsely populated.

The US Geological Survey put the quake's strength at magnitude 5.7.

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