Quake rocks southern Iran

Photo: Quake rocks southern Iran / Iran

An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the Richter scale jolted the town of Kaki in Bushehr province, Southern Iran, on Thursday, IRNA reported.

The Seismological center of Bushehr province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 17:22 hours local time (1252 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 51.6 degrees in longitude and 28.4 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 southeastern 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.

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