Earthquakes of magnitude 4.2 and 5.3 in southern Iran


MOSCOW, June 15 — RIA Novosti. Two earthquakes occurred Wednesday morning in southern Iran, the magnitude of the strongest of which was 5.3, according to a statement on the website of U.S. Geological Service (USGS).

The first earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred at 04.33 local time (05.03 MSK). The epicenter of earthquake was located 155 kilometers south-west of the city of Bam. The earthquake was located at a depth of 33.4 kilometers.

Less than three minutes after that, the region has recorded the second earthquake of magnitude 5.3. Its epicenter was located 147 kilometers south-west of the city of Bam. Hearth quake was at a depth of 36.8 kilometers.

Information about the victims, the injured and the destruction in earthquakes have been reported yet.

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.

Source: RIA Novosti

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