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Quakes jolt Birjand and Bandar Abbas in Northeastern and Southern Iran

An earthquake measuring 3.8 degrees on the Richter scale jolted the city of Birjand in the northeastern province of Khorassan on Sunday morning, IRNA reported.

The provincial seismological base affiliated to Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 09:48 hours local time (0618 GMT), 450 kms Southeast of the provincial capital of Mashhad.

There were no reports of damage to property or loss of life by the quake.

Another earthquakes measuring 4.4 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the city of Bandar Abbas in the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan early on Sunday.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute, affiliated to Tehran University, said the tremor epicentered in an area north of the city.

There were no reports of casualties or damage.

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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