Iran rocked by powerful 6.0 magnitude earthquake

Iran rocked by powerful 6.0 magnitude earthquake

A strong quake of magnitude 6.0 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday followed by a huge aftershock, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake, which hit at 2.32am GMT, was initially recorded at a magnitude of 6.3 but was later downgraded to 6.0.

The aftershock measuring in at a 5.0 magnitude struck around 15 minutes later, according to the USGS.

The earthquakes struck near Kerman which has a population of around 800,000, Daily Express reported.

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage. However, no reports have emerged about casualties or damage so far.

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