News ID: 274720
Published: 0220 GMT September 26, 2020

Moderate quake damages over 200 houses in NE Iran

Moderate quake damages over 200 houses in NE Iran

An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale struck northeastern Iran near its border with Turkmenistan on Saturday, causing damage to hundreds of houses.

There were no fatalities from the quake which jolted an area near Maraveh Tappeh city in Golestan Province, the province’s governor Hadi Haqshenas said.

Haqshenas said that more than 200 houses in rural areas have been damaged following the quake which had a shallow depth of 10km, IRNA reported.

Twenty villages of the city are the hardest-hit areas from the quake, he added. 

Rescue workers have been sent to the quake-hit areas which were jolted with eight aftershocks, Haqshenas added.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

On November 12, 2017, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3 magnitude quake that killed 620 people.

The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Roudbar, Manjil, and Loushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.

The city of Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman also witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.


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