Quake in northwestern Iran kills four, injures 70: reports


An earthquake in northwestern Iran killed at least four people and injured 70 early on Friday, according to Iranian media reports quoting officials.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake struck at 2:17 a.m. (2247 GMT) 83 km (52 miles) southwest of Ardabil.

Iran’s IRNA news agency said the tremor was relatively strong and caused many people to run out of their homes in panic in the middle of the night.

Iranian media gave no further details about the casualties, but Iranian state TV said the quake was felt in several towns and cities. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center

(EMSC) said the quake was felt by some 20 million people.

The quake had a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), which would have amplified the shaking.




One response to “Quake in northwestern Iran kills four, injures 70: reports”

  1. At the end of this week, Iranian authorities announced a sharp increase in gas prices (for the first time since 2015). The cost of one liter of gasoline increased from 10 thousand rials to 15 thousand rials (from $ 0.3 to $ 0.45) for the first 60 liters for private vehicles. With the purchase of more than 60 liters, the cost of one liter of gasoline grows to 30 thousand riyals ($ 0.90)
    Currently, the minimum salary in Iran is equivalent to about $ 200, the average salary is about $ 400 (in Tehran, slightly higher)

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