Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 10
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale jolted the Iran's Kish Island, Southern Iran today morning, IRNA News Agency reported on Jan. 10.
The tremor occurred at 11:42 local time and its epicenter was located in an area 53.91 degrees longitude and 26.96 degrees latitude and at a depth of 10 kilometres underground, according to the report of seismography center affiliated to Tehran University Geophysics Institute.
There is no report on possible casualties or damage.
Two tremors measuring 4.3 and 5 on the Richter scale jolted Kish Island yesterday at 9:43 and 12:01 local time respectively.
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 destroyed 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.
Edited by C.N.