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Mild earthquakes hit Iranian cities

Source: ISNA

Three mild earthquakes jolted Isfahan, Shiraz and Azerbaijan cities respectively located in central, southeastern and northwestern Iran. Isfahan's earthquake in Golshahr district was 4.9 magnitude which came at 7:38 am local time, and Shiraz's was 4 magnitude at the Richter scale. They were both jolted on Wednesday.

A recent earthquake map of Iran
Source: Iranian Seismological Center

Darz district in Shiraz city was jolted at 8:21 am local time.

Also, a 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit the city of Ardebil, Bilehsavar on Tuesday 12:31 pm local time.

People in Isfahan took to the streets in the early hours of last Saturday after a quake hit the area

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.

In August 2012, two quakes in Northwestern Iran also claimed the lives of 306 people and injured more than 4500 others.

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