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Published: Thursday April 30, 2009 MYT 9:12:00 PM

Moderate earthquake jolts southeastern Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP): Iran's seismological center says a 5.2-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area in southeastern Iran near the Pakistani border.

Thursday's report says the earthquake hit Zaboli district, some 950 miles (1,500 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Tehran.

Gholamreza Khodadi, Zaboli's governor, says the earthquake did not damage the district's main town of 10,000 people. He told The Associated Press rescue teams were still checking remote areas.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the earthquake's strength at 5.6-magnitude.

A 5-magnitude earthquake usually shatters windows and causes cracks in old buildings. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and experiences at least one slight earthquake every day on average.

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