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4.7-Magnitude Quake Hits Eastern Iran

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – An earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale jolted Shusef District in Iran’s eastern province of South Khorasan on Tuesday.

According to the Iranian Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, the earthquake hit an area 18 kilometers from Shusef District at 04:42 local time.

The epicenter, with a depth of 7 km, was determined to be at 31.74 degrees north latitude and 60.18 degrees east longitude.

There were no immediate reports of casualties and the extent of the damages inflicted on the quake-hit area.

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.

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.

Bam in the country’s southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.

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