Published: Sun, December 03, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Rare natural disaster hits Delaware

Rare natural disaster hits Delaware

Over 100 quants (ancient aqueducts) and a historic mudbrick tower across Ravar County, southeastern Kerman province, were damaged as a 6.1-magnitude quake hit the region early on Friday.

The USGS said the natural disaster hit at about 4:45 p.m. approximately 6 miles east-northeast of Dover, Delaware and at a depth of about 4.3 miles.

Bellini said it wouldn't be uncommon for an aftershock to hit in the area around the magnitude 2 range.

The closest cities to the quake center were Kerman, Zarand, and Ravar. But USGS's modelling predicted a low chance of widespread loss to life or property.

Kerman's crisis centre was activated, and rescue teams from the Red Cross and local authorities headed to affected areas for preliminary evaluations, a local official told state television. The natural disaster was followed by an aftershock of magnitude 5 M at a depth of 10 km at 2.43 UTC.

Last month, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck villages and towns in Iran's western Kermansheh province along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing 530 and injuring thousands of others.

A magnitude 6.0 quake is considered strong and is capable of causing severe damage.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country.

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