News ID: 317148
Published: 0313 GMT October 16, 2021

5.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of Iran

5.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of Iran

An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale jolted Yazdanshahr city in the southern province of Kerman on Saturday afternoon, causing minor damages to the buildings.

There is no report of casualties following the earthquake, Kerman Governor General Ali Zeini said, according to IRNA.

According to Iran’s Seismological Center, the earthquake occurred at 3:16 p.m. local time on Saturday at a depth of 10 kilometers.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
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