Earthquake hits southeast Iran
Baku, Azerbaijan, May 12
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale shook the Chatroud district in the Southeastern province of Kerman in Iran on May 12.
The tremor occurred at 11:15 local time and its epicenter was located at 56.9 degrees longitude and 30.58 degrees latitude and at a depth of 10 kilometers underground, according to the report of the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, Iran's IRNA news agency reported.
There is no 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 worst earthquake in recent times hit Bam in Southeastern province of Kerman in December 2003, killing 31,000 people, about a quarter of its population, and destroyed 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 around 27 towns and 1,870 villages.
Edited by C.N.