Devastating Quake Hits Southern Iran

A03183827.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 6 on the Richter scale jolted the port city of Bandar Khamir in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan on wednesday.

The Seismological network of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake at 15:30 hours local time (1100GMT).

The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 58.8 degrees in longitude and 27 degrees in latitude about 45 km west of the provincial capital city of Bandar Abbas.

The quake was followed by two aftershocks with the magnitude of 4.8 and 4.4, respectively.

There are yet no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

Residents of the neighboring United Arab Emirates have also felt a slight tremor.

The port city of Bandar Abbas is home to major oil installations including a refinery. Iran’s vice president for investment affairs at the National Iranian Oil Company told Reuters, “Fortunately, there was no damage to the oil industry’s facilities at Bandar Abbas.”

Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average.

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