Major Quake Strikes Central Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An earthquake measuring 5 on the Richter scale hit the town of Robatposht Badam in Yazd province, central Iran, on Wednesday.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 02:30 local time (2200 GMT on Tuesday night).
The epicenter, with a depth of 8 km, was initially determined to be at 32.76 degrees north latitude and 56.50 degrees east longitude.
Iran is located on seismic fault lines and, on average, experiences several quakes every day.
Even moderate quakes can be deadly in the Iranian countryside, where houses are often built of bricks.
Bam in the country’s southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.