Recent earthquakes in Iran
A look at some of the deadly earthquakes to hit Iran. « Return to story
June 20, 1990
A 7.4-magnitude earthquake killed 40,000 to 50,000 people, injured more than 60,000, left 400,000 or more homeless and caused extensive damage and landslides in the Rasht-Qazvin-Zanjan area. Nearly all buildings were destroyed in the Rudbar-Manjil area. Substantial damage occurred as far away as Khalkhal and Now Shahr, and slight damage occurred in Tehran.
Dec. 26, 2003
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake killed more than 26,000 people and injured 30,000 in Bam. The mud-brick houses could not withstand the force of the temblor, causing greater devastation; many of the area's structures did not comply with earthquake-resistant construction regulations set in 1989.
May 28, 2004
At least 35 people were killed, 400 injured and many buildings damaged when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake shook the Mazandaran-Qazvin provinces. Some of the deaths were because of landslides along the Tehran-Chalus road. Minor damage was reported in Tehran.
March 31, 2006
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake killed at least 70 people and injured more than 1,300 in Borujerd. Many buildings were damaged or destroyed in the Borujerd-Dorud area of Lorestan province, and 40 villages were devastated.