Iran reports 6.1 earthquake west of Shiraz

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran Monday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 19:13 PM IST

Tehran: A 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran Monday but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

The Iranian Seismological Center reported that the quake hit at 7:22 a.m. EDT (11:22 GMT) at a depth of 8 km (5 miles) in Konar Takhteh, west of the city of Shiraz. The U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.7 magnitude quake west of Shiraz.

A local official confirmed the quake, saying: "So far we have no reports of casualties." Residents in Shiraz felt the quake, a witness told Reuters.
Iran is criss-crossed by major faultlines and is frequently hit by earthquakes.

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