Temblor Jolts Western Iran
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale rattled Iran’s border city of Soomar in the western province of Kermanshah.
The quake struck Soomar near Iran-Iraq common border at 19:29 UTC on Wednesday evening.
With a depth of 30 kilometers, the earthquake had a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude, the affected population and the area’s vulnerability.
There has been no report of damages or casualties as of Thursday morning.
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.