The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake at a depth of 10.0 km roughly 51 km to the northeast of the port of Bandar-e Lengeh in Hormozgan Province, Iran, slightly after 4.05 pm local time (slightly after 8.35 pm GMT) on Saturday 23 July 2022. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, but many people in the United Arab Emirates reported feeling it.
Iran is situated on the southern margin of the Eurasian Plate. Immediately to the south lies the Arabian Plate, which is being pushed northward by the impact of Africa from the south. This has created a zone of faulting and fold mountains along the southwest coast of the country, known as the Zagros Thrust Belt, while to the northeast of this the geology is dominated by three large tectonic blocks, the Central Iran, Lut and Helmand, which move separately in response to pressure from the south, stretching and compressing the rock layers close to the surface and creating frequent Earthquakes, some of which can be very large.
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