5.1-Magnitude Quake Hits Southwestern Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A 5.1-magnitude earthquake jolted an area near the town of Chelgerd in Iran’s southwestern province of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari on Wednesday.
According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 03:17 local time (Tuesday 2347 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 6 km, was initially determined to be at 32.46 degrees north latitude and 49.92 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.