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Another Earthquake Rattles Iran

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A map shows where the earthquake hit in northwestern Iran. (Image credit: USGS.)

A magnitude-5.3 earthquake has shaken northwestern Iran. The quake hit just after 9 p.m. local time today (Aug. 15). It is the fourth aftershock of magnitude 5.0 or higher since two deadly earthquakes hit the region on Saturday (Aug. 11). 

Details from the U.S. Geological Survey:


Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 17:49:06 UTC

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 09:19:06 PM at epicenter

Location: 38.403°N, 46.687°E

Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles)


Distances from epicenter:

34 km (21 miles) WSW of Ahar, Iran

49 km (30 miles) NE of Tabriz, Iran

80 km (49 miles) E of Marand, Iran

92 km (57 miles) SSE of Kapan, Armenia

This page will be updated if the event proves significant.

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