Powerful 6.0 quake hits Iran near city with 800k population

01 December, 2017, 06:23 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • USGS website

A strong quake of magnitude 6.0 has struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman, the US Geological Survey says.

A 2011 Virginia natural disaster, that measured a much larger magnitude 5.8, was felt from North Carolina to even Canada.

The natural disaster struck at a shallow depth of 10km (6.2 miles), some 60km (37 miles) from the city of Kerman, which has a population of over 800,000, including suburbs. "At this point there is no reported damages to any of the buildings or any injuries".

Carberry said there were no signs of damage at the base, and no change in operations was expected. He said the quake was widely felt around the Mid-Atlantic region.

Thursday's quake was felt as far north as NYC and as far south as the D.C. area.

Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the USGS's natural disaster information center in Colorado, said he didn't expect any significant damage from the small quake, which he described as unusual. It was later downgraded again to 4.1magnitude.

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The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has no reports of damages in the state.

The most destructive recent quake hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq. That event took place in 1871 and was an estimated magnitude 4.1.

Long Island - and New York City - residents on Thursday felt 4.1 quake that shook DE, the U.S. Geological Service said.

The USGS has revised the magnitude down from 5.1.

Some on Twitter report the natural disaster could be felt in parts of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, too.

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