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10:36 | 2012-05-10


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Quake Jolts Western Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richer scale hit the city of Murmuri in Iran's Western Ilam province on Thursday.

According to a report by the seismological network of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the quake hit the area at 05:05 hours local time (0035 GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 47.8 degrees in longitude and 32.8 degrees in latitude.

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

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake had shaken the same area in Ilam province and large parts of the Western Kermanshah province last Thursday and ruined 50 villages.

Acting Deputy of the Iranian Red Crescent Society's Relief and Rescue Organization Ahmad Reza Shajiyee told FNA on Friday that the strong earthquake damaged 50 villages 30 to 80 percent in the quake-hit areas mostly in Abdanan, Sarabagh and Khonk-gah in Ilam province.

He said the earthquake affected 3518 people, including 18 people who had been injured.

The Seismological center of Ilam province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 14:39 hours local time (1009 GMT) last Thursday.

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 47.6 degrees in longitude and 32.7 degrees in latitude.

Iran sits on several major faults and is prone to frequent earthquakes many of which have been devastating.

The worst quake 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 occurred in June 1990 and was 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.