Dec 27, 2017, 11:50 AM
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Triple mild quakes jolt Iran in 12 hours

Tehran, Dec 27, IRNA – In half a day, three moderate quakes jolted Alborz Province near capital Tehran, as well as the southern and western regions of Iran on Tuesday and early Wednesday.

At 12:41 hours local time (09:11 GMT), an earthquake measuring 4.4 on Richter scale hit Taza-Abad, Kermanshah Province, western Iran on Tuesday.

Another earthquake measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale hit Sepidan town in southern Fars Province on Tuesday at 15:45 hours local time (12:15 GMT).

And an earthquake, measuring 4.2-magnitude was felt in Alborz Province, west of Tehran killed one and injured 75 people early Wednesday. The quake occurred at 00:54 hours local time (21:24 GMT).

The tremor comes less than a week after a magnitude 5.2 earthquake jolted the same region and the capital on December 20. Last Wednesday, the quake had claimed one life and injured 97 people in Tehran and neighboring provinces.

The quakes come as Iran is still tottering from a magnitude 7.3 earthquake, its deadliest in over a decade, which hit the western province of Kermanshah on November 11, killing 620 people and injured 12,386 individuals.

Head of Kermanshah Seismology Network Farhad Forouzi said on Tuesday that over 1,500 aftershocks have been registered following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Kermanshah.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

On Dec 26, 2003, a powerful quake hit southern province of Kerman and left around 26,000 people dead.

Meanwhile, the deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990. It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.

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