| GEO World|
| 15 injured in southern Iran quake: reports|
| Updated at: 1030 PST, Wednesday, July 21, 2010|
TEHRAN: A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck southern Iran, injuring 15 people and damaging residential buildings in four villages near the town of Lamerd, state media reported Wednesday.
State news agency reported the tremor was followed by nine aftershocks, and was also felt on the Gulf island of Kish but gave no further details.
The quake damaged 30 percent of buildings in the four villages, on the border of the southern provinces of Fars and Hormuzdan, state television reported on its website. It cited a Red Crescent official as saying that, 15 people were injured.
The US Geological Survey said the moderate 5.8 quake jolted Iran's southern coast late Tuesday.
The tremor struck at 1938 GMT some 160 kilometres (100 miles) south of Jahrom and 975 kilometres (610 miles) southeast of the capital Tehran, at a depth of 10 kilometres, it said.