Strong Quake Jolts Southern Iran, 1 Dead, 30 Injured
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit a small town in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on Thursday, killing at least 1 person and injuring 30 others.
The Iranian Seismological Center said the quake hit the town of Bastak at 6:43 am local time (0313 GMT) on Thursday.
Another earthquake registering 4.5 on the Richter scale soon hit the area, followed by numerous aftershocks.
Local officials announced that the quake left at least one person dead and 30 others injured.
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.