Mon May 14, 2012 8:6AM
An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale has hit the Iranian island of Hendorabi in the Persian Gulf, without any immediate reports of possible casualties or damages. Iran's Seismological Center said the quake struck at 10:51 p.m. local time (1821 GMT) on Sunday and jolted the island, located some 1020 kilometers (633 miles) south of the Iranian capital, Tehran. The epicenter was determined to be at 53.77 degrees east longitude and 26.78 degrees north latitude. According to the latest reports, a 3.7-magnitude aftershock struck the island in the early hours of Monday. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor a day on average. At least eighteen people were injured on May 3 when a quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook the city of Murmuri in the southwestern province of Ilam, according to IRNA. MP/GHN