5.8 magnitude earthquake hits southeastern Iran

17:47, July 31, 2010      

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An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale hit Iran's southeastern Kerman Province on Saturday, according to the Iranian Seismological Center's website.

The earthquake took place at around 11:22 local time (0652 GMT) at a depth of only 4 km, and the epicenter was 29.7 degrees North Latitude and 56.8 degrees East Longitude, said the Iranian Seismological Center.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The relatively strong earthquake was also felt in the provincial capital city, Kerman.

Iran, including its capital Tehran, sits astride several major fault-lines in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

Moderate quakes sometimes cause huge damage in some regions of the country because of the poor construction.

The number of those injured during a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the city of Torbat-e Heydarieh in Iran's northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province on Friday has risen to 170, according to local media reports.

On July 20, an earthquake measuring 5.8 that hit southern Iran' s Fars Province near the Persian Gulf killed at least one and injured 32 others.

The worst quake happened in recent years was a magnitude-6.3 one, which struck the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing 31,000 people, about a quarter of the city's population, and destroying an ancient mud-built citadel.

Some Iranian officials have suggested to move the capital from Tehran to some other places.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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