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5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook the Southern province of Hormozgan early Saturday morning.

The Seismological Center of Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake struck at 1:01 am local time (GMT+3:30).

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 19 kilometers with the epicenter in Bandar Kong region of Bandar Lengeh County in Hormozgan province.

The reports suggest that 80 houses have been damages by the quake, adding that there was only one outpatient injured in the tremor.  

Iran Red Crescent Society’s personnel have rushed to the quake-hit areas to tackle the situation.

Back in May 2020, an earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, jolted Damavand close to the capital Tehran.

On November 2017 a strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled all cities and towns along Iran's Western border with Iraq. More than 500 were killed in the quake while 7,817 others were injured.

Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average.

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. The capital was last struck by a 5-magnitude quake in mid-January, 2018.