Two Quakes Hit Southern Iranian City
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Two earthquakes with magnitudes of 5 and 2.8 jolted the town of Farashband in Iran’s southern province of Fars on Friday night.
According to Tasnim dispatches, the 5-magnitude earthquake hit the area at 22:53 local time (1923 GMT).
The epicenter, with a depth of 20 km, was initially determined to be at 28.92 degrees north latitude and 51.98 degrees east longitude.
More than 20 minutes later, a 2.8-magnitude quake also hit the town for the second time at 23:15 local time (1945 GMT).
With a depth of 21 km, the epicenter was determined to be at 29 degrees north latitude and 52.1 degrees east longitude.
The possible damages and casualties have yet to be reported.
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 also witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.