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Magnitude 5.4 quake hits southern Iran

The aftermath of an earthquake that took place in Iran [Gulbakh Bahrami/Twitter]
The aftermath of an earthquake that took place in Iran [Gulbakh Bahrami/Twitter]

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Fars province in southern Iran on Monday, Iranian state TV reported, according to Reuters.

There were no fatalities, but there was structural damage to homes in the area of the quake, which hit near the town of Khane Zenian, the head of emergency services for Fars province said, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Assessment teams have been dispatched to the quake site, which is not a very populous area, the head of rescue for Iran’s Red Crescent, Morteza Salimi, told state TV.

Posts on social media said that the earthquake had been felt by residents of the provincial capital Shiraz, approximately 50 km (30 miles) away from the epicentre.

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