Iran quake kills at least one, sparks panic in capital

Tehran -An earthquake struck early Friday near Iran’s highest peak and jolted Tehran, killing at least one person and injuring more than 20 as people ran for their lives. The shallow 4.6 magnitude quake hit at 00:48 am (2018 GMT) near the city of Damavand, about 55 kilometres (34 miles) east of Tehran, the US Geological Survey said. It saw scores of residents of Tehran flee buildings for the safety of the capital’s streets and parks, AFP journalists reported. Many spent the rest of the night sleeping in their cars on the side of the road, apparently too fearful to return to their homes. The temblor struck as Iranians were either sleeping or resting after iftar.”We were sitting  down when the earthquake struck,” said 45-year-old Tehran resident Ahmad. “We felt it completely shaking (the building), and then we all went out of the house together to be outside and not to be in danger if an aftershock struck,”


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