01:07 GMT07 July 2020
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    Iran is located at the crossing of several major faults, covering some 90 percent of the country, making it one of the most seismically-active nations in the world and prone to frequent earthquakes.

    An earthquake occured on Thursday in northern Iran, 61 kilometres from the capital, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC). The initial assessment of 4.8 has been changed to a magnitude 5.1.

    The earthquake was also felt east of Tehran, with the same magnitude. No casualties or damage have been reported.

    ​Photos allegedly taken after the earthquake were shared in social media, showing people coming out onto the streets after the shakes.

    Iran is prone to frequent earthquakes, as 90 percent of the country is crisscrossed with major faults, making it particularly seismically active.

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