An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari and Khuzestan provinces, west Iran, causing material damages.

The earthquake did not result in casualties, but caused partial damage to some house units in Bazoft city, Governor of Kuhrang County in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Hoshan Mostafavi said.

Specialized teams were sent to assess the damage caused by the earthquake, according to Iranian news agency (IRNA).

There were no reports of human casualties after the earthquake that hit the Qaleh-ye Khvajeh area, but the majority of rural house units were damaged due to their stone structure, Governor of Andika County in Khuzestan Province Ali Khadri said.

Works are underway to assess the damages caused in some villages, he added.

The Seismological Center affiliated to the Institute of Geophysics of Tehran University announced that the earthquake Struck the suburbs of Qaleh-ye Khvajeh city in areas on the administrative borders between Khuzestan and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari provinces, at a depth of 7 km of the earth's surface.

Iran is subjected to occasional earthquakes of varying strengths as it lies above the ‘major faults’ area.

The most violent and devastating earthquake was the one hit Gilan and Zanjan provinces, north Iran, in 1990, as it measured 7.7 on the Richter scale, killing 37,000 people and injuring 100,000. (QNA)

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