Tremors of magnitude 5.1 jolt northern Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 has hit the northern Iran early on 20:18 GMT on May 7. The quake has taken the lives of two people and 22 others were injured as they fled their homes in a panic situation as a result of the earthquake.

The epicentre of the earthquake was at Damavand, just northeast of the capital, at the depth of 10km, said the United States Geological Survey (USGS). There were several mild aftershocks, but no serious damage from the quake that struck after midnight on the border of the provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran, authorities added.

The Iranian officials reported that among the dead were a 21-year-old woman in Tehran who suffered heart failure, and a 60-year-old man in the city of Damavand, east of the capital, killed by a head injury.

The tremors were quite strong according to the testimony of the Iranian residents. Officials urged people who spent the night outdoors to observe social distancing to limit spread of the coronavirus.

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