Quake hits northern Iran

Photo: Quake hits northern Iran / Iran

An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale struck an area near the provincial borders of Tehran and Mazandaran provinces on early hours of Sunday, IRNA reported.

The Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 02:43 hours local time (2313 GMT on Saturday night).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 52.1 degrees in longitude and 36.1 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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