Earthquake jolts south-eastern Iran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 3

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

An earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale has hit the Faryab District in the south-eastern Iranian province of Kerman on June 3.

The tremor occurred at 3:21 local time, according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, Iran's official IRNA news agency said.

The earthquake's epicentre was located at 57.4 degrees longitude and 27.85 degrees latitude and at a depth of 17 kilometers underground.

There has been 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 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 around 27 towns and 1,870 villages.

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