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2022-June-25  13:48

5.6 Magnitude Quake Shakes Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale shook Bandar Charak coastal city in Hormozgan province on Saturday.

The Seismological Center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University announced on Friday that a 5.6 magnitude earthquake jolted the vicinity of Bastak city  on the border between Farrs and Hormozgan provinces, adding that the quake occurred at 08:07 hours local time.

The epicenter of the quake was located at 54.23 degrees longitude and 26.52 degrees latitude and at 22 km depth.

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

A similar earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale shook Hormozgan province in June.

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.