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At least 3 killed, 225 injured in earthquake in northeastern Iran - UPDATED

At least three people were killed and 225 injured in a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that hit North Khorasan Province of Iran on Saturday night, APA reports quoting semi-official ISNA news agency.


With a depth of 11 km, the earthquake's epicenter was at 37.655 degrees north latitude and 57.224 degrees east longitude. It hit Pish Qaleh region in North Khorasan Province at 22:30 local time (1800 GMT) on Saturday, Iran Seismological Center said.


Medical services along with disaster relief forces have been dispatched to the hit area from neighboring cities and a crisis management base has also been set up, Mohammad Reza Salehi, the governor of North Khorasan Province, told ISNA.


According to the latest reports, up to 40 percent of power, communication, gas and water services of the affected areas have been disrupted.

 

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An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale jolted Turkmenistan-Iran border region, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Saturday.


The epicenter, with a depth of 12.45 km, was initially determined to be at 37.8531 degrees north latitude and 57.2677 degrees east longitude.

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