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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Iran

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Iran
Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Iran

Shallow quake initially reported as 6.3 magnitude strikes south-eastern city of Kerman

Image Credit: USGS

A US Geological Survey map of where the Iran earthquake struck.

A strong quake of magnitude 6.0 struck south-eastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.3, was centered 58km northeast of Kerman, which has a population of more than 821,000.

It struck at 6.32am and was very shallow, at a depth of 10km, which would have amplified the shaking.

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.