Quake Hits Northwestern Iran, One killed, Two Injured
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale rattled Iran’s northwestern province of Ardebil on Monday, killing one and injuring two people.
The tremor jolted Parsabad and a number of other towns in the northern regions of Ardebil Province at 09:16 a.m. (local time).
According to a provincial official, the epicenter of the quake was located near common borders with Azerbaijan at a depth of 18 kilometers.
The governor general of Parsabad also said one person has been reported dead and two others were injured in the quake.
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.