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Strong Quake Rocks Northern Iran

November 19, 1999

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ A strong earthquake rocked northern Iran today, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The news agency said the 5.6-magnitude quake hit the northern town of Shahroud and its outskirts at 8:10 a.m. (11:40 p.m. EST Thursday).

The governor’s office in Shahroud, which has a population of about 120,000 people, said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, IRNA reported.

Shahroud is about 250 miles northeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The epicenter of the earthquake was about 45 miles northeast of the town of Gorgan, near Iran’s northern border with Turkmenistan, the agency said.

Iran lies in a major quake zone and is frequently rocked by strong earthquakes.

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