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News number: 9104253567

14:33 | 2012-08-10

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Quake Jolts Eastern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit the town of Ariyan Shahr in South Khorassan province, Eastern Iran, on Friday morning.



The Seismological center of South Khorassan province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 04:15 hours local time (2345 GMT Thursday night).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 59.4 degrees in longitude and 33.4 degrees in latitude.

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

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.

Tehran alone sits on two major fault lines, and the capital's 14 million residents fear a major quake.