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News number: 9102112479

15:00 | 2012-05-18

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Several Quakes Hit Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Several earthquakes hit different parts of Iran's Southern town of Ahl in Fars province on Friday.



A report by the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said the strongest quake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale jolted an area near the city of Ahl.

The Seismological network of the Tehran University registered the quake at 02:10 hours local time (2140 GMT Thursday night), the report said.

The main earthquake was epicentered in an area 53.8 degrees in longitude and 26.9 degrees in latitude, it added.

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 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.