Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Kerman province

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An quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Iran's Kerman province on Tuesday. So far there are no reports of damage or casualties. The epicentre of the quake was reportedly near the town of Hejdak. Earlier, President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his government's efforts in providing aid and temporary housing to the victims of last month's quake.

Iran sits atop several faultlines, prompting frequent earthquakes.

An quake of magnitude 6.2 hit Kerman province in southeast Iran on Tuesday, injuring 18 people and damaging about 20 houses, state media reported. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

The US Geological Survey recorded its magnitude as 6.1, saying the quake struck at a depth of 35 miles (57km).

Schools were closed in some areas of the province, ISNA news agency reported. As per the reports, Iranian Plateau is the subject of the most types of tectonic activity including faulting, volcanic eruptions and active folding.

Officials said old houses were damaged in six villages, and classes at schools and universities were canceled.

Over 530 people were killed and thousands were injured in the disaster.

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