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Iran: Quakes shake central city of Ardestan and southwestern city of Masjed Soleyman

An earthquake with an intensity of 3.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the city of Ardestan in the central province of Isfahan on Friday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The seismological bases of the Geophysics Institute, affiliated to Tehran University, said the tremor, which epicentered in an area northeast of Ardestan, occurred at 09:55 hours local time (0625 GMT). There are no reports yet of any casualty or damage to property caused by the quake.

Tehran University's Geophysics institute announced earlier a major quake with a magnitude of 6.3 on the open-ended Richter scale rocked the southeastern city of Bam in Kerman province at 5:28 hour local time (0158 GMT) on Friday. According to a local official, the quake has killed many people and destroyed the historic quarter of the city of Bam.

Meanwhile, another earthquake measuring 4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the southwestern city of Masjed Soleyman in Khuzestan province on Friday morning at 08:10 hours local time (0440 GMT).

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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