(Updates with number of injuries, details)
TEHRAN, Jan 19 (Reuters) - More than 30 people were
injured after an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale
hit northeastern Iran on Thursday, the semi-official Fars news
The quake hit at 4:05 p.m, 10 km (6 miles) outside the city
of Neyshabur which is some 70 km away from the holy city of
Mashhad, the official IRNA news agency said.
The official IRNA news agency said about 20 aftershocks had
hit since the main quake, adding that some windows were
shattered in villages around Neyshabur.
"Based on the reports we have received so far, 36 people
were injured after the quake hit Neyshabur. Their injuries are
mild," Fars quoted local official Reza Abbasi as saying.
ILNA reported that the quake lasted seven seconds and was
the strongest felt in the region for 10 years.
Many parts of Iran are prone to earthquakes. At least seven
people were killed in a 6.5-magnitude quake that jolted the
southeast in 2010, the same region where a huge tremor killed
some 31,000 people in the city of Bam in 2003.
(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian and Hashem Kalantari; Writing by
Robin Pomeroy; Editing by)
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