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Earthquakes: 1 Dead in Tehran, California Rocked Twice

  • Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.

    Iran is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries.

Published 27 December 2017

Two tremors shook different parts of California on Tuesday night.

One person died of a heart attack and at least 56 people were injured following a 4.2-magnitude earthquake that shook 50 km west of the Tehran, Iran, according to the state news agency IRNA.

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Most of the injuries occurred as people rushed to exit buildings. The quake was felt in Tehran, Alborz, Qazvin, Qom, Gilan and Markazi provinces, according to state media.

The tremor was ruled an aftershock of the 5.2-magnitude Dec. 20 earthquake that killed two people.

Iran, which spans several major geological fault lines, is one of the world’s most quake-prone countries. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake hit Kerman province killing 31,000 people.


An earthquake measuring 3.9-magnitude also struck the west coast of the United States

The tremor shook eastern San Jose at about 10:32 p.m. Tuesday night, the United States Geological Survey (USGS ) reports. The earthquake happened 8 miles east of the Alum Rock.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo posted to Twitter telling residents “to ready your home kit & be prepared.”

There are no reported casualties, so far.

Earlier on Tuesday night, a 3.1-magnitude earthquake rocked near San Martin in Santa Clara County. The tremor was widely felt throughout the Bay Area. The USGS said that vibrations were felt in Marin County, San Francisco, the Peninsula, East Bay and the South Bay.

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