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Quakes hit Iranian cities of Razan and Semnan

Quake hits western Iranian city

Tehran, Feb 25, IRNA - A moderate earthquake shook the western city of Razan in the western Hamedan province Monday, with no reports of casualties or property damage yet.

The Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said its seismological bases have registered a tremor, measuring 3.8 degrees on the Richter scale, to the north of Razan.

Razan is still reeling from a devastating tremor in June last year, which left at least 305 people dead in the western and northwestern provinces of Hamedan, Qazvin and Zanjan.

The quake, with the intensity of six degrees also left at least 25,000 people displaced.

Iran is situated in an active seismic zone and tremors of low intensity are almost a daily occurrence.

Quake jolts Semnan

Tehran, Feb 24, IRNA -- An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the open-ended richter-scale jolted the city of Semnan on Monday.

No report is available of the eventual damage caused as a result of the quake which rocked the city located about 200 kilometers east of Tehran at 18:19 local time (14:50GMT).

The seismological center of the Tehran University Geophysical Institute has put the epicenter of the tremor at northeastern part of Semnan province.

Iran sits on some of the world's seismic fault lines and is often shaken by earthquakes of various intensities. Since 1991, over 950 earthquakes have hit the country, resulting in the death of 17,600 people and injuries to 53,300 others.

As Iran is situated on a quake faultline, the seismologists predict a major earthquake may strike Tehran in future.

The Majlis earlier in the year delegated a special committee to coordinate the actions of various organizations against a possible earthquake in Tehran.

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