Magnitude-5.4 quake jolts city in southern Iran
TEHRAN, Iran – A magnitude 5.4-earthquake jolted a city in southern Iran Friday but caused no casualties or major damage, Iran's state TV reported.
The epicenter was near the city of Firouzabad, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) south of the capital, Tehran. The city and surrounding areas are home to 117,000 people.
Residents reached by telephone told The Associated Press the city was calm and that people there barely felt the short temblor, which struck at 4:03 p.m. local time (1233 GMT).
The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 5.6. Quakes measuring more than a magnitude of 5 can cause considerable damage.
Iran is located on seismic fault lines and on average experiences at least one small earthquake a day. A magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in 2003, killing 26,000 people.