TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale shook Fars and Kohgiluyeh provinces in southwestern Iran Saturday.
The tremor struck a non-residential area near Baba Monir village at 1:05 a.m. local time (2035 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Rahim Azadi, director general of Fars province’s crisis management department, told reporters that aid workers had been sent to the quake-hit region to evaluate the situation.
According to preliminary evaluations, the temblor has not caused any casualties, Press TV reported.
Mehdi Valipour, head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, said the epicenter of the earthquake was a non-residential area between Baba Monir and Gachsaran county in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province.
He noted that there were no reports on possible damage from the quake in nearby villages.
Iran experiences frequent seismic activity as it sits where two major tectonic plates meet.