Quake hits Kish island in Southern Iran

Photo: Quake hits Kish island in Southern Iran / Iran

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale struck the Kish Island in the Persian Gulf in Southern Iran on Saturday morning, IRNA reported.

The Seismological center of Kish island affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 01:29 hours local time (02:35 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 53.85 degrees in longitude and 26.49 degrees in latitude.

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

The worst in recent times hit Bam in Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the cityˈs 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.

In August 2012, two quakes in Northwestern Iran also claimed the lives of 306 people and injured more than 4,500 others.

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