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Another quake hits Qeshm island in southern Iran

Tehran, Dec 3, IRNA-An earthquake measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale hit surrounding areas of Qeshm Island in southern Iran at dawn today. The island has been hit by intermittent tremors since Sunday last week.

Iran's seismological bases registered the tremor at 04:57 local time (01:27 GMT) in an area located 30 kilometers from Bandar Abbas in the southern province of Hormuzgan.

There are no reports of any damage or casualty caused by this latest tremor.

A tremor measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale hit suburbs of Qeshm Island at 01:28 hours local time on Friday (21:58 GMT Thursday night).

Two quakes measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale hit surrounding areas of the Persian Gulf's biggest island at 13:53 (10:23 GMT) and 20:41 (17:11 GMT), respectively, Sunday last week killing 10 people and injuring 80 others. Ten mudbrick villages were destroyed by the tremors.

Qeshm, a 1,500-square-kilometer island, is home to some rare wildlife such as certain species of birds endemic only to the area.

The Forests of Hara in the island is a unique tourist spot.

The island is also one of Iran's lucrative commercial and fishing ports.

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