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One Dead After 4.2 Magnitude Quake Near Tehran


A mild earthquake at the scale of 4.2 Richter is felt in Iranian capital Tehran and suburbs in early hours of Wednesday morning.

DUBAI, Dec 27 (Reuters) - One person died of a heart attack and at least 56 people were slightly hurt when an earthquake of 4.2 magnitude shook an area 50 km (31 miles) west of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday, the state news agency IRNA reported.

Most of the injured were hurt while trying to run out of buildings and were released from hospital after treatment, IRNA quoted the country's Emergency Medical Services as saying.

The quake is an aftershock of a 5.2 magnitude quake on Dec. 20 that killed two people. It was also felt in Tehran where many residents spent the night outside in cars, or in sport facilities and other buildings turned into rescue centers, local news agencies said.

Crisscrossed by several major geological fault lines, Iran is one of the world's most quake-prone countries.

After a major earthquake in Western Iran on November 13, which killed hundreds of people, several smaller tremors have hit the country.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

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