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Quakes jolt Behbahan and Gachsaran in Iran

Tehran, Jan 16, IRNA -- A relatively strong earthquake, with a magnitude of 4.6 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, shook the city of Behbahan and its vicinity in the southern province of Khuzestan on Thursday.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute, affiliated to Tehran University, recorded the quake at 12:16 hours local time (08:46 GMT).

Meanwhile, another tremor with a magnitude of 4.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the city of Gachsaran in the southern Iranian province of Kohkilouyeh and Boyerahmad Thursday.

Its epicenter was reported to be in the vicinity of the city.

There were no immediate reports of possible casualty or damage to property.

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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