2021-September-18 11:17
2021-September-13  12:43

5.2 Magnitude Quake Shakes Northeastern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook Quchan County in Iran's Northeastern province of Khorassan Razavi province.

Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University announced on Monday that a 5.2 magnitude earthquake jolted the vicinity of Quchan County in Khorassan Razavi province, adding that the quake occurred at 08:32 hours local time.

The epicenter of the quake was located at 58.86 degrees longitude and 37.08 degrees latitude and at 9 km depth.

The report said that the quake has also been felt by most of the provincial cities including Mashhad.

No report has yet been released on the likely casualties or damage to the property.

According to the governor of Quchan, no damage has been caused by the quake.

Amin Reza Meraati underlined that people had poured out onto the streets after the earthquake.

"Crisis management headquarters in Quchan is on high alert to deal with any possible event," he added.

A similar earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Bushehr province in Southern Iran in April.

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.