Quake hits Iran

Iran Materials 30 March 2010 11:00 (UTC +04:00)

An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale jolted the Firuzkuh town near Tehran this morning, Irna reported. Another earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale jolted the Galadar city.

The Seismological Center under the Tehran University's Geophysics Institute registered the first quake at 03:04 and the second at 02:58 local time.

There are yet no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

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.