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News number: 8904160567

11:56 | 2010-07-07

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Mild Quake Hits Northern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Babolsar in Mazandaran province, Northern Iran, on Wednesday.



The Seismological center of Mazandaran province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 05:59 hours local time (0129 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 52.7 degrees in longitude and 37.0 degrees in latitude.

There are yet no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.