Magnitude 5.2 quake rocks Tehran

People leave their house and wait in the streets in Tehran overnight on Dec. 21 2017 after an earthquake was felt in the Iranian capital

The quake was felt in other provinces of Qom, Gilan, Markazi, Qazvin and Alborz. The epicentre of the tremor was located about 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of the capital.

Iran sits atop several fault lines, and this week's quakes are the latest in a series to have hit the country in recent weeks.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and almost 2,000 villages to rubble.

Iran's state television says that a magnitude 5.2 quake has jolted a town near the country's capital.

According to the governor of Malard, Bahman Khatibi, one pregnant woman lost her life and 20 others were injured in the city as they tried to escape the quake in panic.

Emergency teams have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas, the report said.

The quake was also felt in the cities of Karaj, Qom, Qazvin and Arak according to state TV.

The head of Tehran's Crisis Management Organization, Ahmad Sadeghi, had earlier told reporters that "the natural disaster can have more aftershocks".

"We are asking people to stay calm as the traffic itself could create problems", the Iranian Red Crescent's Mortza Redmare said on television.

An elderly woman and a young girl died and almost 100 people were injured as a 5.2 magnitude quake sparked panic in the Iranian capital and neighbouring areas, officials said on Thursday (Dec 21).

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