The latest quake hit villages outside the city of Kerman in southeastern Iran, 14 months after a massive earthquake devastated the ancient city of Bam, killing about 31,000 people.
The following is a list of some of the severest quakes in Iran over the past four decades:
26 December 2003: More than 31,000 people are killed when a quake measuring up to 6.7 on the Richter scale hits Bam in southeastern Iran, destroying its ancient mud-brick citadel.
22 June 2002: Qazvin and Hamidan provinces in western Iran: 235 dead and 1300 injured (magnitude 6.3).
10 May 1997: Birjand, eastern Iran: 1613 dead and more than 3700 injured (magnitude 7.1).
28 February 1997: Ardebil region in northwestern Iran: 965 dead and 2600 injured, according to an official toll. Aid agencies put the toll at 1100 dead (magnitude 5.5).
21 June 1990: Northwestern Iran: About 37,000 killed and more than 100,000 injured in Ghilan and Zandjan provinces in the deadliest and most powerful quake to hit the country, with a magnitude of 7.7. The quake devastated 27 towns and about 1870 villages.
11 June 1981: Kerman province in southeastern Iran: 1028 dead and 950 injured, with the city of Golbaf hit the hardest. On 28 July another 1300 were killed in a second quake in the same region.
16 September 1978: Eastern Iran: 25,000 killed. The city of Tabass is completely destroyed with 15,000 dead there alone.
10 April 1972: Ghir region in the southern Iranian province of Fars: 5044 killed and more than 1300 severely injured. Forty-five villages destroyed.
31 August 1968: Khorassan province in northeastern Iran: About 10,000 dead.
1 September 1962: Qazvin, west of Tehran: 12,000 killed and 200 villages destroyed.