Southeastern Iran struck by magnitude 5.8 quake

August 1, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN – An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale struck the southeastern Iranian city of Kerman on Saturday.

The epicenter of the earthquake was the town of Negar. The quake happened at 11:22 a.m. local time, the Tehran Seismological Center said.
There have been no reports of casualties but many homes have been damaged.
Rescue teams have been dispatched to the stricken region from the neighboring cities, an official from Kerman’s Red Crescent said.
20 percent of buildings have sustained 15 to 40 percent damages, the local official added.
“Due to the town’s ancient structure, today’s earthquake damaged about 700 houses,” Ali Reza Kazemi, the mayor of Negar, told the IRNA news agency.
Saturday’s earthquake comes only a day after a 5.7-magnitude quake hit the northeast city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh at 6:20 p.m. local time injuring at least 270 people.
A powerful earthquake devastated the historic city of Bam in Kerman Province in 2003, killing about 27,000 people.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, with several major fault lines covering vast areas of the country