Moderate quake jolts Damavand, north Iran

IRNA – A 4.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Kilan city in the central district of mountainous Damavand county, located to the northeast of the capital Tehran late on Sunday.

The quakes struck at a depth of ten kilometers, with no damage or casualties.

According to the Seismography Center affiliated to Tehran University’s Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 22:56 hours local time (18:26 hours GMT) with its epicenter registered at 35.41 degrees longitude and 52.41 degrees latitude.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes. Iran’s western province of Kermanshah has been jolted by several earthquakes since November 12, 2017, when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the province’s Ezgeleh region killing at least 620 people and injuring over 12,000.

Also, in 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.