5.9-magnitude quake hits Southern Iran

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An quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Bushehr, southern Iran, on Thursday.

No injuries are expected because the epicentre of the natural disaster was located in a sparsely located area, the Iran Red Cross said. It is registered this morning about 100 kilometers east of the town of Bushehr, according to Associated Press.

So far there is no evidence of injuries or material damage.

According to the semi-official Tasnim news agency, the depth of the quake was 18 km. Various magnitudes are normal following a temblor.

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The quake struck the province's Kaki District at the depth of 18 kilometers on Thursday at 11:04 a.m. local time.

The Iran Red Crescent described the epicenter as being in a sparsely populated area. Some people in Bahrain had felt the natural disaster.

Earthquakes of magnitude 5 or higher can have significant damage.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is vulnerable to near-daily earthquakes. Back in 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historical city of Bam, killing 26,000 persons.

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