Iran quake Nov. 17
The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake had a depth of 10km at about 97km north of Bam, in Kerman, Iran. Image Credit: NCM

Abu Dhabi: An earthquake that recorded magnitude 5 on the Richter scale hit Iran early morning on Saturday.

The UAE's National Centre for Meteorology's National Seismic Network repoted the quake shook north-east Bandar Abbas in Iran.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake had a depth of abou 10km at about 97km north of Bam, in Kerman, Iran, which has a population of about 100,000.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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Off the south coast of Pakistan and southeast coast of Iran, the Makran trench is the present-day surface expression of active subduction of the Arabia plate beneath the continental Eurasia plate, which converge at a rate of approximately 20 mm/yr. Image Credit: USGS

The USGS states that collision of the Arabia and Eurasia plates forms the approximately 1,500-km-long fold and thrust belt of the Zagros Mountains, which crosses the whole of western Iran and extends into northeastern Iraq.

Moreover, Collision of the Arabia and Eurasia plates also causes crustal shortening in the Alborz Mountains and Kopet Dag in northern Iran.

Eastern Iran experiences destructive earthquakes that originate on both strike-slip and reverse faults.