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2021-November-14  17:24

Strong 6.4-Magnitude Quake Jolts Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two strong earthquakes measuring 6.4 and 6.3 magnitudes on the Richter scale shook Laft City in Iran's Southern province of Hormuzgan on Sunday.

The Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University announced on Sunday that two 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude earthquakes jolted the vicinity of the cities of Laft and Fin in Hormuzgan province, adding that the quakes occurred at 15:37 and 15:38 hours local time.

The epicenter of the first quake was located at 56.13 degrees longitude and 27.56 degrees latitude and at 15 km depth.

The epicenter of the second quake occurred at the same location at the depth of 10 kilometers. The two quakes jolted parts of the neighboring provinces of Kerman and Fars as well.

There is no immediate report on the possible damages or casualties of the quake. Relief and rescue teams have been dispatched to the quake-hit regions.

A similar earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Bushehr province 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.