Earthquakes hit south eastern Iran

Photo: Earthquakes hit south eastern Iran / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 13

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

A tremor measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted Faryab in Iran's south eastern province of Kerman, last night, Iranian ISNA news agency reported on March 13.

According to the report by the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 23:51 local time and its epicenter was at 28.34 degrees latitude and 57.07 degrees longitude.

After the first tremor, another earthquake shook the region this morning at 7:17 hour local time. 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 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 1,870 villages.

Edited by C.N.

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