The southeastern part of Iran was shaken by the rather powerful earthquake, the Tehran University Seismological Center confirmed on Friday.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 struck occurred at 11:10 a.m. local time in Faryab city, Kerman province. As the seismologists said, the natural shaking was registered at a depth of 14 kilometers.
The Tehran University Seismological Center has warned that the country is one of the most seismically active countries in the planet, where earthquakes occur often.
Fortunately, Friday earthquake wasn’t destructive despite its magnitude. So far, there were no immediate reports of casualties. The Faryab city authorities urge people not to panic.
However, the earthquake could complicate the excavation work in Faryab vicinities. The German-Iranian archaeological survey has started over there last month. Two professors from both countries co-led the study, which aimed at recording evidence about previously excavated sites in the counties of Jiroft, Kahnouj, Anbarabad, Faryab, Rudbar, Qalehganj and Manujan.
The archaeological work could be paused due to the earthquake. Supervised by Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center, the previous surveys adopted a methodology that involved field sampling methods, pottery documentation, setting up a database system and carbon dating.