Sunday, October 18, 2015

Earthquake hits southeastern Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 18

By Umid Niayesh – Trend:

An earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale jolted Jiroft city in Iran’s south eastern province of Kerman Oct. 18.

The tremor occurred at 10:15 local time (GMT +4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

The earthquake’s epicenter was located in an area 57.93 degrees in longitude and 28.85 degrees in latitude at a depth of 10 kilometers underground, the country’s state IRINN TV reported.

There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale.

About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.
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