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14:15 | 2010-07-10


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Mild Quake Jolts Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale jolted an area near the town of Farashband in Fars province, southern Iran, on Saturday morning.

A report by the Seismological Center of the Fars province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said that the tremor hit the area at 03:10 hours local time (2240 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area measuring 52.22 in longitude and 29.04 in latitude.

There are yet no reports on the possible number of casualties or damage to properties.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

The last deadly quake in Iran happened on Sept. 10 when a magnitude-6.1 earthquake killed at least 7 people and injured almost 47 more in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan, although there have been a number of moderate quakes which have left many injured.