Shallow 5.9 natural disaster hits northwestern Iran: USGS

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2019

At least six people were killed in a 5.9-magnitude quake that hit Tark region in Iran's northwestern East Azerbaijan province on Friday morning, Iranian Student News Agency reported.

The tremor struck at around 2:00 a.m. local time (5:30 p.m ET Thursday) in Iran's East Azerbaijan Province and there have been more than 50 aftershocks, Press TV said.

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The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) estimated that 20 million people in the area felt the quake.

Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said. A number of houses were reported demolished in the city of Turkmenchay.

More recently, in 2017, a magnitude 7 natural disaster hit the Iran-Iraq border region, killing 600 people and injuring more than 9,000.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one quake a day on average.

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The were no reports of injuries or damage from that quake.

A 3.Three-magnitude tremor hit off San Buenaventura Level out Seashore Park in Ventura at 4: 58 a.m.

The Ridgecrest area was hit with 6.4 and 7.1 earthquakes in July. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

A 3.3 magnitude quake was followed by a 3.4 magnitude tremor in Ventura Thursday morning around 5 a.m.

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