Approximately 31 people were injured after an earthquake measuring 5.2 in magnitude struck southern Iran early Wednesday.
The ISNA news agency cited the head of provincial emergency services, Jalal Pouranfard, as saying some 18 people were transferred to medical centers while another 13 received treatment on the spot.
State media reported that there was also structural damage to buildings as well as power and communication lines were disrupted as a result of the tremor which rocked Sisakht – 700 kilometers south of Tehran.
Crowds of people, in the town which has a population of about 10,000, were observed running into streets when the quake hit.
Iran sits on major fault lines which results in the country experiencing frequent tremors.
In November, a 7.2-magnitude quake hit the western region of the Middle Eastern country, killing more than 600 people. While another, in 2003 – measuring 6.6 – destroyed the historic city of Bam and killed 26,000.