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Successive quakes hit Lorestan province of Iran

Khorramabad, Lorestan Prov, Nov 23, IRNA -- An earthquake measuring 4.7 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale jolted the town of Poldokhtar in this western province on Monday. The quake was the seventh to hit the town since Sunday.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the tremor, epicentered 110 kilometers from the capital city of Khorramabad, occurred at 18:37 hours local time (15.07 GMT).

The head of the Natural Disasters Headquarters of Lorestan province, Ali Barani, told IRNA here that the Gav Zardeh area near the north-south transit route is very dangerous since it is located on a mountainous region, adding that safety equipment have been installed there.

Successive earthquakes have caused damage to property in several villages in the city, but no casualties have been reported.

At least six tremors have rocked the province in succession since Sunday night, damaging houses in Jolgeh Khalaj, Afrineh, Ma'moulan and several other villages.

A final estimate of damage has yet to be announced since the villages are demographically scattered.

The province's strongest quake, measuring 4.9 degrees on the open-ended Richter scale, hit Poldokhtar at 07:31 hours local time (04.01 GMT)Monday.

It was succeeded by three more tremors measuring 4.9, 4.0 and 3.5 degrees, the seismological base of Tehran University said.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring 3.6 degrees on the Richter shook Bandar Dayyer in the southern province of Bushehr Monday night.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 22:06 hours local time (18.36 GMT).

There were no reports of any damage to property caused by the above-mentioned quake.

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