Quake of 5.2 magnitude hits southeastern Iran, no deaths reported: TV

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Posted: Dec 21, 2017 12:52 PM

ANKARA (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 rocked Iran's southeastern province of Kerman on Thursday but there were no initial reports of deaths, state TV said, only a day after a deadly temblor near the capital Tehran.

Rescue teams were dispatched to the town of Kouhbanan, the epicenter of the latest quake, it said.

Several strong quakes hit Kerman province on Dec. 12, leaving dozens of people injured and damaging houses.

On Wednesday night, a quake of magnitude 5.2 struck a town near the capital Tehran, killing two people and injuring 117.

Criss-crossed by several major geological fault lines, Iran is one of the world's most quake-prone countries. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Mark Heinrich)