5-Magnitude Quake Hits Iran’s Kish Island
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck an area near Persian Gulf Kish Island, south of Iran, on Thursday.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 12:01 local time ( 0831 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was initially determined to be at 26.72 latitude and 53.96 degrees longitude.
There have been no report on possible damages or casualties.
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.