Magnitude 5.6 Quake Hits Southeast Iran, Leaves No Casualties

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale jolted an area in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan on Friday but left no casualties, a local official announced.

According to Tasnim dispatches, the earthquake rattled an area 12 kilometers from Hazrat Abolfazl Mosque in Sistan and Balouchestan at 10:53 AM (local time) on Friday.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was determined to be at 28.23 degrees north latitude and 59.48 degrees east longitude.

Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, the director general of the Crisis Management Department of the Sistan and Balouchestan Province said the temblor has left no casualties.

Fortunately, no damage to properties has also been reported yet, he said, adding that assessment teams have been dispatched to the quake-hit area.

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.

On November 12, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people according to the latest toll.

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