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Iran: Tremor jolts Tehran, Karaj

Two relatively strong earthquakes of 5 degrees on the Richter scale that jolted Qom, south Tehran, and Markazi province, central Iran, earlier Wednesday also shook certain parts of the capital and the city of Karaj, IRNA reported.

Mohammad Mokhtari, the dean of Seismological College of International Research Center on Earthquakes, told IRNA that an earthquake measuring 4.5 degrees on the Richter scale had been registered in Tehran at 7:20 am local time (0350GMT) with its epicenter at 118 kilometers southwest of the capital.

Mokhtari said another quake that had hit Markazi province also on Wednesday had shaken Karaj, west of Tehran.

He said the epicenter of the quake was located in Mamout, Markazi province.

There have been no reports of any casualty or damage to property caused by the quakes.

Iran is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.

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