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4/7/04

Quakes shake cities of Bam and Semnan in Iran

Tehran, April 7, IRNA -- Two seperate earthquakes jolted the cities of Bam and Semnan, southeast and northeast of Iran respectively, on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, it was reported here today.

The Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said in a statement that an earthquake measuring 3.8 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted areas around the southeastern city of Bam, in Kerman province, at 03:25 local time early Wednesday (10:55 GMT Tuesday night).

The city, located in the ancient Silk Road, was leveled to the ground last December in a davastating earthquake measuring 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale. The death toll was placed officially at about 41,000 with several thousands injured.

There has been no immediate report of any casualties or damage to property in the wake of this latest earthquake to hit Bam.

Another report filed today by the seismological base of the province of Semnan affiliated to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said a tremor measuring 3.5 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the city of Semnan at 23:02 Tuesday night (18:32 GMT).

Semnan is located 210 kms southeast of the capital. There has been no immediate report of any possible casualties or damage caused by the quake.

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

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