Mild Tremor Hits Southeast of Iran
- August, 15, 2013 - 12:28
- Society/Culture news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit the town of Kouhbanan in Kerman province in southeastern Iran on Wednesday evening.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 21:06 local time (1636 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 9 km, was initially determined to be at 31.43 degrees north latitude and 56.32 degrees east longitude.
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.
Several earthquakes hit Iran each day, although most are minor tremors and are often in sparsely populated regions.
The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.
Bam in the country’s southeastern province of Kerman was struck by a strong quake in December 2003,in which 31,000 people were killed.