4.2 Tremor Hits Northern Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - An earthquake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale hit the town of Aradan in Semnan province, north of Iran, on Friday.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 09.34 local time (0604 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 11 km, was initially determined to be at 34.77 degrees north latitude and 52.71 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. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
Even moderate quakes can be deadly in the Iranian countryside, where houses are often built of bricks.
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 witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.