Oct 21, 2019 14:39 UTC
  • Strong quake hits southern Iran, no casualties reported

An earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck an area in Iran’s southern province of Hormozgan, but there are no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

According to Tasnim dispatches, the temblor hit an area near the city of Kookherd in Bastak County, Hormozgan Province, at 2:28 p.m. (local time) on Monday.

The epicenter of the quake with a depth of 10 km was located at 47 km from Kookherd and 54 km from Bandar Lengeh.

The managing director of the Hormozgan Province’s Crisis Management Department said no casualties have been reported in the quake-hit area.

He added that several teams have been dispatched to the area to assess the damages inflicted due to the earthquake.  

On November 12, 2017, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a major 7.3-magnitude quake that killed 620 people.