News ID: 269523
Published: 0301 GMT May 27, 2020

Magnitude 4.0 quake jolts Tehran Province

Magnitude 4.0 quake jolts Tehran Province

An earthquake measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale hit the eastern areas of Tehran Province on Wednesday.

At least two people were wounded after the quake hit an area near the city of Damavand, west of the capital Tehran, at 13:41 hrs. (local time), according to the Seismological Center of the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University, IRNA reported.

Data from the seismological center showed the location of the quake at seven kilometers from Damavand and 57 kilometers from Tehran.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90 percent of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

In November 2018, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people.

The deadliest quake in Iran’s modern history occurred in June 1990, destroying the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.



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