Earthquake jolts southwest Iran

Society Materials 31 March 2015 10:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 31

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Hoseyniyeh in Iran's south western province of Khuzestan on March 31.

The tremor occurred at 01:53 local time (GMT +4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

The earthquake's epicenter was at 32.55 degrees latitude and 48.04 degrees longitude at a depth of 8 kilometers underground, the country's ISNA news agency reported.

Another quake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale also jolted the region at 16:17 local time on March 30.

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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