5.1 Enormous quake in the

A 5. 1-Magnitude earthquake struck Damavand area, 69 km east of Iran's capital Tehran, on Friday (2018 GMT Thursday) at 00:48 local time, according to Iran's Seismological Centre.

Updated: May 08, 2020 13:25 IST

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5.1 Enormous quake in the

Earthquake in Tehran

A 5.1-magnitude earthquake hit Damavand town, 69 km to the east of Iran's capital Tehran, at 00:48 local time Friday (2018 GMT Thursday), according to Iran's Seismological Center.

The earthquake's epicenter, at a depth of 7 km, is 35,777 degrees latitude north and 52,045 degrees longitude east, the center reported. The tremor sparked fear among some Tehran citizens who fled away in terror from their houses. The crowd of vehicles on the road has contributed to intense traffic in the capital's residential regions. Also, the speed of the internet in Tehran dropped due to an increase in the use of social networks.

The shake was felt in the Alborz, Qom, Qazvin, and Mazandaran provinces in Tehran region, Iran's Red Crescent Society was quoted as saying by official IRNA news agency. Five emergency service evaluation teams from the country were deployed to the quake-hit areas, Tasnim news agency said. Saeed Taheri, president of Damavand town's Red Crescent Society, has urged local people to abandon their homes and find a secure house, Tasnim said. There are no official details on the likely deaths or accidents.