Source: Islamic Republic News Agency
An earthquake measuring 4.3 on the Richter scale hit the city of Shiraz in Fars province, southern Iran, on Friday morning. The Seismological center of Fars province affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 04:21 hours local time.
The epicenter of the quake was registered at 52.18 in longitude and 29.58 in latitude.
There has yet been no report on the possible number of casualties or damage to properties by the quake.
The center of the quake was 34 kilometers from Shiraz, 41 kilometers from Baladeh and 48 kilometers of Beiza.
Another quake measuring 3.0 on the Richter scale also jolted Lar region in Fars province.
A similar quake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale rocked Zahedshahr of Fars province at 01:00 a.m. on Friday morning.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earthˈs crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
The worst in recent times hit Bam in Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the cityˈs 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 4,500 others.
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