In the north-western Iran earthquake with magnitude 5.1

Earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred on Tuesday in the northwest of Iran in East Azerbaijan Province, the site of the U.S. Geological Survey.

Earthquakes have been recorded at 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar in East Azerbaijan province, at a depth of 14 kilometers. Information on casualties or damage have been reported yet.

Last Friday, in East Azerbaijan a devastating earthquake of magnitude 6.5. As a result, many villages were destroyed around the city of Tabriz, killing more than 300 people and injured thousands.

Iran is among the ten most earthquake-prone regions of the world, there is almost every ten years an earthquake with magnitude greater than 7.0. Thus, in December 2003, 6.3 magnitude earthquake victims in Bam in the south-east of the country were more than 31 thousand people, about 42 thousand were injured. The city itself, as well as the famous castle was almost completely destroyed.

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