Earthquake hits Iranian province of West Azerbaijan

Photo: Earthquake hits Iranian province of West Azerbaijan / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 27 / Trend, N. Umid

An earthquake measuring 4.6 points on the Richter scale hit the city of Silvana in the Iranian province of west Azerbaijan, Mehr news agency reported.

According to the report, the tremors were recorded at 13:32 local time. No reports have been made on the victims.

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

The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.

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 Northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

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