Iran quake injures 274

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 hit northeastern Iran, injuring around 274 people, state radio reported on Saturday.

The tremor hit the city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh, about 700 km east of Tehran, at 6:20 p.m. (1350 GMT) on Friday, and had its epicentre around 7 km outside the city.

Many people spent the night outdoors in the city’s parks fearing aftershocks.

Of the 170 injured, 22 needed hospital treatment while the others were treated on site. No deaths were reported.

Further south, a quake of 5.8 magnitude hit the Kerman region at 11:22 AM local time on Saturday, Tehran University’s seismological center reported. There were no initial reports of casualties or damage.

Earthquakes are common in Iran. In 2003, about 30,000 people were killed in a quake that devastated the southeastern city of Bam.

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