Sixth earthquake hits Fars province
Sunday, July 13, 2003 - ©2003

Shiraz, Jul 13 - An earthquake measuring 4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale shook this southern province on Sunday morning, the sixth one over few recent days, IRNA reported.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute affiliated to Tehran University said the tremor, with its epicentere at 210 kilometers southeast of Shiraz, occurred at 05:45 hours local time (0115 GMT). There were no reports of any casualty or damage.

An unspecified number of villagers were injured Saturday morning as new aftershocks hit parts of this southern Iranian city following Thursday night's earthquakes which killed one.

Since Thursday night when two tremors of 5.6 and 5.8 intensity struck the region, more than 44 aftershocks, ranging between 2.1 and 4.2 in magnitude, have rocked Zarrin-Shahr where the terrified local people still refuse to go under the ceilings.

Zarrin-Dasht, 300 km to the southeast of Shiraz, has a population of 70,000 people.

Iran sits on some of the world's active seismic faultlines and tremors of mild magnitude are almost a daily occurrence.

Since 1991, at least 17,000 Iranians have been killed and more than 53,000 others injured in earthquakes