Jul 28, 2014, 8:13 AM
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Quake rocks Bandar Charak in Hormuzgan

Tehran, July 28, IRNA - An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale jolted Bandar Charak town in southern Hormuzgan province on Monday morning.

The Seismological center affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 04:30 hours local time (0000 GMT).

The epicenter of the tremor was registered in an area located at 26.81 degrees latitude and 54.37 degrees longitude.

There has yet been no report on the possible damage caused by the quake.

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 - 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.