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Earthquakes in Iran

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines[1] that cover at least 90% of the country.[2] As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.

Geology and history

The Iranian plateau is subject to most types of tectonic activity, including active folding, faulting and volcanic eruptions. It is well known for its long history of disastrous earthquake activity. Not only have these earthquakes killed thousands, but they have also led to waste of valuable natural resources.[3] Since 1900, at least 126,000 fatalities have resulted from earthquakes in Iran.[3]

21st century

Date Time Epicenter Magnitude Fatalities Coordinates Name
Apr 16, 2013 10:44:13 Saravan, Iran 7.8 1 (Non-residential area, due to landslide) N|62.08|E name=

}}|| 2013 Sistan and Baluchestan earthquake

Apr 9, 2013 16:22:50 Bushehr 6.3 30 (early estimate) N|51.59|E name=

}}|| 2013 Bushehr earthquake

Aug 11, 2012 12:23:18 Tabriz 6.4 and 6.3 306 N|46.759|E name=

}}|| 2012 Tabriz earthquakes

Jun 15, 2011 01:05:30 Kahnooj 5.3 2 N|57.574|E name=

}}|| 2011 Kahnooj earthquake

Dec 20, 2010 22:12:01 Hosseinabad 6.5 11 N|59.117|E name=

}}|| 2010 Hosseinabad earthquake

Aug 27, 2010 23:56:34 Damghan 5.9 19 44|34.8|N|55|49|40.8|E| name=

}}|| 2010 Damghan earthquake

Sep 10, 2008 11:00:34 Qeshm 6.1 7 44|34.8|N|55|49|40.8|E| name=

}}|| 2008 Bandar Abbas earthquake

March 31, 2006 01:17:01 Borujerd 6.1[4] 70[4] 34|51.6|N|48|47|38.4|E| name=

}}|| 2006 Borujerd earthquake

November 27, 2005 10:22:19 Qeshm 6.0[5] 13[5] 47|2.4|N|55|50|49.2|E| name=

}}|| 2005 Qeshm earthquake

February 22, 2005 02:25:22 Zarand 6.4[6] At least 602[7] 44|27.6|N|56|52|37.2|E| name=

}}|| 2005 Zarand earthquake

May 28, 2004 12:38:46 Māzandarān 6.3[8] At least 35[8] 16|12|N|51|34|30|E| name=

}}||2004 Māzandarān earthquake

December 26, 2003 01:56:52 Bam 6.6[9] At least 30,000[9] 0|14.4|N|58|20|13.2|E| name=

}}|| 2003 Bam earthquake

June 22, 2002 02:58:21 Qazvin 6.5[10] 262[2] 40|8.4|N|48|55|58.8|E| name=

}}|| 2002 Bou'in-Zahra earthquake


20th century

Date Time Epicenter Magnitude Fatalities Coordinates Name
March 14, 1998 19:40:02 Golbaf 6.6[11] 5[11] 9|N|57|36|E name=

}}||1998 Golbaf earthquake

May 10, 1997 07:57:29 Birjand-Qaen 7.3 1,567[12] 49|12|N|59|48|0|E| name=

}}|| 1997 Qayen earthquake

February 28, 1997 Ardabil 6.0[13] 1,100 15|N|48|17|E name=

}}|| 1997 Ardabil earthquake

June 20, 1990 Manjil(-Rudbar) 7.4[14] At least 40,000[14] 0|N|49|24|E name=

}}|| 1990 Manjil-Rudbar earthquake

July 28, 1981 Southern Iran 7.3[15] 1,500[15] 0|N|57|48|E name=

}}||July 1981 southern Iran earthquake

June 11, 1981 Southern Iran 6.9[15] 3,000[15] 54|N|57|42|E name=

}}||June 1981 southern Iran earthquake

September 16, 1978 Tabas 7.8[15] 15,000[15] 12|N|57|24|E name=

}}|| 1978 Tabas earthquake

April 10, 1972 Qir 7.1[15] 5,054[15] 24|N|52|48|E name=

}}||1972 southern Iran earthquake

August 31, 1968 Dasht-e-Bayaz-Ferdows 7.3[16] At least 7,000[16] 54|0|N|59|1|12|E| name=

}}|| 1968 Dasht-e Bayaz and Ferdows earthquake

February 10, 1965 16:09 Bostanabad-e Bala 5.1 20 1965 Bostanabad-e Bala earthquake
September 1, 1962 Bou'in-Zahra 7.1[16] 12,225[16] 36|N|49|54|E name=

}}|| 1962 Bou'in-Zahra earthquake

December 13, 1957 Sahneh 7.1[16] 1,130[16] 21|0|N|47|40|12|E| name=

}}||1957 Sahneh earthquake

July 2, 1957 Māzandarān 7.1[16] 1,200[16] 8|24|N|52|42|0|E| name=

}}||1957 Māzandarān earthquake

February 12, 1953 Torud 6.5 970 1953 Torud earthquake
August 5, 1947 Pasni 7.3 500 1947 Pasni earthquake
May 6, 1930 Salmas 7.2[15] 2, 500[15] 9|N|44|42|E name=

}}|| 1930 Salmas earthquake

May 1, 1929 Koppeh Dagh 7.4[15] 3,800[15] 51|N|57|45|E name=

}}|| 1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake

May 25, 1923 Torbat-e Heydariyeh 5.7[15] 2,200[15] 24|N|59|6|E name=

}}||1923 Torbat-e Heydariyeh earthquake

January 23, 1909 Silakhor of Borujerd 7.3[16] 6,000[16] 24|N|49|6|E name=

}}|| 1909 Borujerd earthquake

Other

Date Time Epicenter Magnitude Fatalities Coordinates Name
January 17, 1895 11:30 Quchan 6.8 1,000 N|58.4|E name=

}} || 1895 Quchan earthquake

November 17, 1893 15:06 Quchan 6.6 18,000 N|58.4|E name=

}} || 1893 Quchan earthquake

June 7, 1755 Kashan Unknown 40,000 59|N|51|27|E name=

}}||1755 Kashan earthquake

November 18, 1727 Tabriz Unknown 77,000 5|N|46|17|E name=

}}||1727 Tabriz earthquake

August 21, 1042 Tabriz 7.6 40,000 0|N|46|2|E name=

}}||1042 Tabriz earthquake

March 23, 893 Ardabil Unknown 150,000 15|N|48|17|E name=

}}||893 Ardabil earthquake

December 22, 856 Damghan 7.9 200,000 10|N|54|21|E name=

}}||856 Damghan earthquake

See also

References

External links

  • Iran Earthquake Information
  • Map of 'Earthquakes in Iran', compiled from the list above.
  • PressTV 2011
  • The Earthquake in North-West Iran - PressTV 2012

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