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Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province jolted by strong quake

Tehran, Jan 12, IRNA -- A relatively strong earthquake, with a magnitude of 5.2 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, shook the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan on Tuesday.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute, affiliated to Tehran University, recorded the quake at 17:46 hours local time (1416 GMT).

Its epicenter was reported to be in northeastern area of Saravan city.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualty or damage to property caused by the quake.

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.

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