Magnitude 5.5 earthquake rattles northeastern Iran

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Tehran | January 19, 2012

Iran’s state TV announced Thursday that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake of moderate strength caused damage and injured 100 people in the city of Neyshabour in the northeast part of Iran. Although some news outlets categorize the quake as a magnitude 5.5, the United States Geological Survey lists the quake as a magnitude 5.1.

According to Iran state TV, 17 of the 100 injured were hospitalized and others were treated for minor injuries. Rescue teams were still at work as of late Thursday. Windows shattered due to the quake and many residents of Neyshabour fled their homes for the streets. Walls of homes were destroyed in some rural areas.

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