Earthquake hits Iranian province of Markazi

Photo:  Earthquake hits Iranian province of Markazi / Iran

Azerbaijan, Baku , Oct. 16 /Trend N. Umid/

An earthquake measuring 4.7 points on the Richter scale hit the city of Nowbaran in the Iranian province of Markazi , ISNA news agency reported.

The earthquake occurred today at 12:19 local time, the report of the Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said.

No reports have been made on the victims 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 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 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 Northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

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