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5.0-magnitude earthquake hits northern Iran

(Xinhua)

09:59, August 12, 2011

TEHRAN, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale jolted northern Iran early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, which occurred at 2:02 a.m. local time (2232 GMT Thursday)was centered 30 km northwest of Shahrud with a depth of 10.3 km, the USGS said.

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