About 50 people were killed and 400 were injured in Saturday's earthquake in north-western Iran, reports AFP citing local authorities.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the magnitude of the earthquake was 6.3. Hearth quake was at a depth of 9.8 kilometers to 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar.
Iran is among the ten most earthquake-prone regions of the world, there is almost every ten years an earthquake with magnitude greater than 7.0. Thus, in December 2003, 6.3 magnitude earthquake victims in Bam in the south-east of the country were more than 31 thousand people, about 42 thousand were injured. The city itself, as well as the famous castle was almost completely destroyed.