Earthquake hits Iran's Kish Island

Earthquake hits Iran's Kish Island

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 30

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted Iran's southern Kish Island on May 30.

The seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute registered the quake at 13:56 local time, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported.

The earthquake's epicenter was located at 53.90 degrees longitude and 26.67 degrees latitude and at a depth of 8 kilometers underground.

There was 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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