Magnitude 5 earthquake occurred on Wednesday night, hard hit by natural disaster Varazkan city in north-western Iran in the province of East Azerbaijan, the Iranian news agency Mehr.
Earlier, on Tuesday, Geological Survey SShAzafiksirovala tremors 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar in East Azerbaijan province at a depth of 14 kilometers.
According to the Iranian Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysical Research (Iranian Seismological Center, Institute of Geophysics), the magnitude of the earthquake that occurred on Wednesday at 22.19 local time, was 5 points. Hearth quake was at a depth of four kilometers from the center in Varazkan East Azerbaijan Province. Information on casualties or damage have been reported yet.
Last Saturday in East Azerbaijan a devastating earthquake of magnitude 6.5. Hearth quake was at a depth of 9.8 kilometers to 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar East Azerbaijan Province. One of the aftershocks of magnitude 6 or less was recorded in the nearby town Varazkan. In addition, the tremors were also detected in other northern provinces of Iran, in particular in West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Zanjan and Ardebil.
The earthquake destroyed many villages, killing more than 300 people and injured thousands. Rescue work continues. Power the earthquake Iranian province of Eastern Azerbaijan announced a two-day mourning period (13-14 August) for the victims of the disaster.
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.