Mild Tremor Hits Northwestern Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A 4.6-magnitude earthquake jolted an area near the town of Sherbian in Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan on Friday.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 13:24 local time (1012 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 9 km, was initially determined to be at 37.81 degrees north latitude and 47.18 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.
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.