Earthquake occurs in southern Iran, 1 dead, 25 injured (UPDATED)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 2

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

An earthquake measuring 5.5 points occured in Bastak city in Iranian southern province of Hormozgan on Jan. 2, Iranian IRINN TV reported.

The tremor occurred at 6:43 local time and its epicenter was at 27.14 degrees latitude and 54.45 degrees longitude and in depth of 20 kilometres underground, according to the report of seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

The region has been jolted 30 times so far after the main tremor.

One was killed and 25 people were injured in the incident.

Several houses have been damaged by 10-60 percent due to earthquake, governor of the Bastak said, IRIB reported on Jan. 2.

Victims are being housed in four schools, he added

Relief operations are being continued in the region.

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 earthquake in recent times hit Bam in south eastern 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 North-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated around 27 towns and 1870 villages.

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