A strong earthquake has hit southern Iran.  Officials expect some damage, but there are no reports of casualties.

Iranian officials say the magnitude six quake was centered in a lightly-populated rural area north of Bandar Abbas, a major port on the Persian Gulf.

Iran's state-run news agency reported at least two aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.8 magnitude.

Last November, a quake of 5.9 magnitude struck Qeshm island, south of Bandar Abbas, killing nine people and injuring scores of others.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.