Earthquake of magnitude 5.3 occurred on Wednesday in southern Iran, injuring 16 people, there is destruction, Reuters reported with reference to the Iranian media.
According to seismologists at Tehran University, the earthquake occurred at 09.25 local time (08.55 MSK) its epicenter was located near the town of Ardakan in the province of Fars.
Iran's Mehr news agency citing local authorities reports that no injuries or damage were received from 17 settlements in the region.
In December, a strong earthquake victims in Iran have, at least seven people and hundreds injured.
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. An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 in the city of Bam, located in Kerman province in December 2003 killed more than 31 thousand people, and about 42 thousand were injured. The ancient city of Bam, and the famous fortress was almost completely destroyed and is still not fully recovered.