IRNA – A quake, measuring five degrees on the open-ended richter scale, shook suburbs of Shahdad, 90 kms from the city of Kerman in Kerman Province at 12:51 hours local time (09:21 GMT) on Thursday.
the seismography center, affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, cites the epicenter of the quake 10 kms inside the ground.
The earthquake’s epicenter was located in an area 59.57 degrees in longitude and 45.30 degrees in latitude and at a depth of 15 kilometers underground.
No report is yet available on likely damage.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth’s crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
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 north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.