Apr 18, 2021 11:02 UTC
  • 5.9 magnitude earthquake shakes Iran's southern port

An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale struck Iran’s southern coastal province of Bushehr near the port of Bandar Ganaveh, leaving no casualties.

According to Tasnim News Agency, 15 aftershocks rocked Bandar Ganaveh port and regions along the border between the provinces of Bushehr and Fars at around 13:31 pm local time.

The biggest temblor, measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, damaged a number of houses.

Local officials said at least two people have been injured in the quake and aftershocks.

The Red Crescent Society’s teams have been deployed to the area.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country.

The deadliest quake in Iran's recent history happened in June 1990, devastating many areas in the northern province of Gilan and killing around 37,000 people.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the province of Kerman flattened the historic city of Bam, killing more than 26,000 people.