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Strong quake hits province of Ardebil in northwestern Iran

Ardebil, July 11, IRNA - A relatively strong earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted vast parts of the northwestern province of Ardebil Wednesday morning.

Head of the seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, Mehdi Rezapour, told IRNA the quake was registered at 10:21 hours local time (0651 GMT).

He added the epicenter of the quake was in Anbaran town in Namin city in an area measuring 48.51 degrees in longitude and 38.58 degrees in latitude.

The quake was felt in several provincial cities including Ardebil, Nayyer, Namin, Parsabad, Bileh-Savar, Khalkhal and Meshkin-Shahr and caused panic among residents.

Head of Ardebil Natural Disasters Headquarters Ali Eslami told IRNA that governors' offices of provincial cities gave no reports of any casualty or damage to property caused by the quake.

Namin city has a population of 50,000 people. It is located 30km east of provincial capital city Ardebil and on the borderline with Azerbaijan Republic.

Iran is often hit by quakes of varying magnitudes as it sits on some of the world's most active seismic fault lines.

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