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Earthquake shakes northern Iran
Three people killed as quake strikes sparsely populated area in Semnan province.
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2010 11:41 GMT
Quakes are common in Iran and in 2003, 31,000 people were killed in the city of Bam [GALLO/GETTY]

An earthquake in northern Iran has killed at least three people and injured dozens more, state media reported.

The 5.9-magnitude quake struck a sparsely populated area in Semnan province on Friday night.

"Two children and a woman were killed in the quake and 40 others were injured," state radio quoted Morteza Aliabadi, a senior local official, as saying.

Homes in several villages near the city of Damghan were also damaged.

The US Geological Survey said the quake's epicentre was about 150km south of the city of Gorgan, at a depth of 10 km.

Tremors were also felt in the capital, Tehran.

Iran is criss-crossed by fault lines and experiences earthquakes regularly.

In 2003, an earthquake flattened the desert city of Bam and killed 31,000 people, about a quarter of its population.

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