Earthquake hits western Iran

Earthquake hits western Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 15

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Dehloran in Iran's western province of Ilam on Feb. 15.

The tremor occurred at 11:34 local time(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 at 46.92 degrees latitude and 32.88 degrees longitude at a depth of 9 kilometers underground.

There is 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 north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.

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