Recent seismicity map

Iranian state TV says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated area in the country’s south. The report said the quake hit yesterday evening in the district of Goharan, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) southeast of the capital Tehran. It says many buildings were damaged and that rescue workers were on the scene.

According to a report by the Iranian Seismological Center, the earthquake hit the area at 09:03 local time (0533 GMT). The epicenter, with a depth of 10 km, was initially determined to be at 27.08 degrees north latitude and 52.71 degrees east longitude.

The quake affected cellular phone coverage in the region with a population of 15,000 in nearly 80 villages. No casualties are reported so far. Iran sits on a series of seismic fault lines and experiences one slight quake a day on average. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern Iranian city of Bam.