At least one person has been killed and dozens more wounded in a 5.5-magnitude earthquake which jolted the town of Bastak in Hormuzgan province, Southern Iran, on Thursday.
According to Iran's News Agency, IRNA, aid workers have already been dispatched to the quake-hit areas. A large number of residential units have been damaged and panic-stricken people have left their homes to seek shelter outdoors. The Seismological Centre of Kerman province, affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, registered the quake.
The epicentre of the quake was located at 54.45 degrees longitude and 27.14 degrees latitude. Iran sits astride several major faults in the Earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have caused great devastation.