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Iran: Quake hits Qom and Tehran provinces, causes panick

Tehran, June 19, IRNA- The 5.9-Richter scale quake which hit Qom Province on Monday left no casualty, an advisor to interior minister said. The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said the quake struck Kahak District in Qom Province. The Monday quake also hit Tehran Province and its adjacent provinces.

It registered the quake at 17:59 hours local time (1429 GMT) and said the epicenter of the quake was in an area measuring 50.85 degrees in longitude and 34.48 degrees in latitude.

Speaking to IRNA, Mojtaba Mir-Abdollahi added officials of Qom Natural Disaster Headquarters are in the quake-stricken villages to evaluate the damage to property caused by the quake.

Meanwhile, governor of Kahak district Hadi Mozaffar told IRNA reporter Monday evening that the quake caused no casualty or damage to property in the district.

He added relief workers have been dispatched to the quake-stricken areas and are on alert.

Kahak has a population of 18,000 people.

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

Quake sends panicked Tehranis to streets

The quake sent many panicked capital city residents to streets. IRNA reporters said people in some areas of Tehran have gathered in front of their houses.

A resident of Tehran in Poonak in the north of the capital said the quake," had a roaring sound and shook the hanging lamps." He said, "I was frightened and rushed to the street."

IRNA reporters said the quake jolted Garmsar, Varamin, Saveh, Damavand, Karaj, Qom, Arak, and Qazvin.

People in Qazvin were also panicked and rushed to streets.

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