Powerful Earthquake Hits Iran

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Tehran: A powerful quake of magnitude 6.3 struck southeastern Iran near the city of Kerman on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which was relatively shallow, was centered 31 miles (50 km) northeast of Kerman, which has a population of more than 821,000. A magnitude 6.3 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

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Earlier, An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 has struck off the coast of Delaware, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), with the tremors said to have been felt from New York City to Washington DC.

According to a map from the USGS, the quake, which had its epicentre in Delaware Bay, was felt in North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.