Minor quake shakes up southeastern Iran
Many mud-brick homes in rural areas of Iran crumbled in quakes from the past. [ibttimes]
While there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, residents were still surprised to experience a moderate earthquake that struck southeastern Iran.
The 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck at 6:16 AM on Monday as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey. The ground shaker was located approximately 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Zahedan, Iran which borders Pakistan.
With no damage or injuries reported from the IRNA news agency, residents are calm. However, even moderate quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in Iran's countryside.
In 2003, around 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6-magnitude quake that leveled the historic city of Bam in the same region.
Earthquakes are actually common in Iran as it sits on a series of seismic fault lines and experiences on average one slight earthquake per day.