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Strong earthquake shakes western Iran: USGS

A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Iran on Monday (Aug 18), the US Geological Survey (USGS) which monitors quakes worldwide reported.

WASHINGTON: A strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck western Iran on Monday (Aug 18), the US Geological Survey (USGS) which monitors quakes worldwide reported. The quake, with an epicentre at 36 kilometres (22 miles) southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq, struck at 02:32 GMT Monday (10.32am Singapore time), the USGS reported.

The quake epicentre was recorded at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), the USGS said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. In April last year, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran and neighbouring Pakistan, killing 40 people. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

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