Earthquake hits Iran’s West Azerbaijan province
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 15
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted Khoy city in north of West Azerbaijan province, north western Iran on Dec. 15.
The tremor occurred at 07:33 (GMT +4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, Iran's Mehr news agency reported.
The earthquake's epicenter was located at 45.138 degrees longitude and 38.661 degrees latitude and at a depth of 13 kilometers underground.
There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.
Khoy is second largest city in the province. Its population is over 350,000.
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 north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.