At about 5pm today, May 28, Tehran as well as some other cities in Iran including Esfahan, Arbedil, and Sari were shaken by an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey reported its magnitude to be 6.2 on the Richter scale but the seismology center at Tehran University reported it to be of a 5.5 magnitude. The quake was clearly felt by people in Tehran (where I am now) for about 4 or 5 seconds. Nothing seriously happened here in Tehran except maybe for a few shattered window glasses. Apparently, people living in the 2nd and 5th districts of Tehran felt it more strongly than other districts of Tehran.
The news I am getting about other cities is from the IRIB website. They have a live news feed from their website. Apparently the center of the quake has been near the small village of Yoosh (the birthplace of the famous poet) and Baladeh. According to IRIB most of casualties were among the people driving in the Chaloos road when mountain rocks started to fall off into the road.
The main reason for this post is to let those of you living abroad know that things are absolutely OK in Tehran and other big cities like Esfahan and Ardebil. I will try to update this post if there were any significant developments, but I suggest you follow the latest news from major news websites, and weblogs including the ones I have listed in the related links section below.