6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Iran’s city of Mashhad

By on April 5, 2017


A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck northern Iran. (Photo by Uwe Dedering (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)])
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck northern Iran. (Photo by Uwe Dedering (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)])
TEHRAN, Iran — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck northern Iran.

Iranian state television described the temblor as hitting on Wednesday near Mashaad, the country’s second-largest city. It offered no immediate information on possible damage or injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey described the earthquake as a magnitude 6.1.

Iran is prone to earthquakes due to a number of faults in the Middle Eastern nation.

In 2003, around 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern Iranian city of Bam.