Mild quake jolts southern Iran

Shiraz, April 16, IRNA – An earthquake measuring four on the Richter scale shook Afzar, a suburb of Qir and Karezin in southern Fars province late Monday.

According to Shiraz Seismography Network affiliated to Tehran University's Geophysics Institute the epicenter of the quake was registered at 28.12 degrees latitude and 52.89 degrees longitude, with a depth of 19 km. The quake occurred at 20:02 local hour.

No report has so far been released on probable damage to life and property, but such quakes usually cause no damage.

Qir and Kazerin is a city located 169 kilometers from southwestern Shiraz.

Some 46 years ago, the city was hit by a quake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale that killed 5,000 people and injured 1,710 others.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, as it straddles several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. Some of the quakes which hit different parts of Iran have been destructive, causing heavy damage to life and property.
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