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Earthquake rattles Iran amid President Raisi’s death


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A 3.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Malayer in the Hamedan province of western Iran on Monday.

The earthquake, reported by the Seismological Centre of the Geophysics Institute of the University of Tehran, reportedly occured at 08:20:52 local time and was 10 kilometers deep.

The tremor’s epicenter was located 9 kilometers from Samen, 18 kilometers from Malayer, and 18 kilometers from Oshtorinan.

Meanwhile, no immediate reports of damage or casualties have been made.

However, this is coming just a day after President Raisi, 63 died in a helicopter crash, an unfortunate incident that has plunged the country into deep mourning.

Rescuers on Monday found the chopper that was carrying the Iranian president, as well as the country’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and other senior officials, after it crashed in the mountainous northwest reaches of Iran

The helicopter crashed weeks after Iran launched barrage of drones and missiles on Israel in response to a deadly strike on its diplomatic compound in Damascus.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared a five-day period of national mourning to honour the late president and members of his entourage.

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