Strong quake hits southwest Iran: Report

Iran`s official news agency is reporting a 6.1-magnitude earthquake today hit a sparsely populated mountainous area near the Iraqi border.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 18, 2014, 10:48 AM IST

Tehran: Iran`s official news agency is reporting a 6.1-magnitude earthquake today hit a sparsely populated mountainous area near the Iraqi border.

The report said the quake hit the town of Murmuri, about 500 kilometers southwest of the capital Tehran at 7:02 local time (0232 GMT).
There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

The temblor could be felt in neighboring provinces and the US Geological Survey put the quake`s measure at 6.3.
Iran is located on seismic faults and earthquakes are frequent.
In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude- 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.