Jul 5, 2014, 10:44 AM
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Tremor jolts southern Iran

Tehran, July 5, IRNA – An earthquake measuring 4.9 on Richter scale jolted Rostaq region in the southern province of Fars Saturday morning.

The seismological base affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 07:41 hours local time (1211 GMT).

The epicenter of the tremor was in an area locates 28.45 degrees in latitude and 55.17 degrees in longitude and at the depth of 19 KM beneath the earth.

There has been no report yet on the possible casualties or damage.

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 Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 that 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.