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Magnitude 5.8 Quake Hits Iran's Qeshm Island In Persian Gulf


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A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has hit in the vicinity of Iran's Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf, Iranian media reported on February 16.

"So far, there has been no loss of life reported," the governor of Qeshm, Alireza Nasri, told the official government news agency IRNA.

"The damage to buildings has been at the level of cracks in walls."

Mojtaba Khaledi, spokesperson of Iran's Emergency Services told the local ILNA news website the earthquake was at a depth of 13 kilometers (8 miles) anf three teams have been set to assess the damage.

He also said that ten special ambulances were dispatched to Qeshm from neighboring provinces.

The United States Geological Survey said the magnitude of the quake was 5.5.

Based on reporting by Fars, ISNA, and Reuters

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