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Iran: Quakes jolt Qeshm and Bardsir

Tehran, Dec 6, IRNA-Two earthquakes measuring 3.9 and 3.8 on the Richter scale hit the towns of Qeshm and Bardsir in the southern and southeastern provinces of Hormuzgan and Kerman, respectively, in the wee hours of Tuesday.

According to the seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the quake in Qeshm occurred at 03:52 hours local time (00:22 GMT).

The tremor was felt in an area measuring 55.61 degrees in longitude and 26.73 degrees in latitude, the report added.

Two quakes measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the Richter scale had earlier hit surrounding areas of this Persian Gulf's biggest island at 13:53 (1023 GMT) and 20:41 (1711 GMT), respectively, on November 27, 2005 killing 10 people and injuring 80 others. Ten mudbrick villages were destroyed by those 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.

According to the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the second quake, which occurred in Bardsir today, was registered at 00:24 hours local time (20:54 GMT on Monday).

The tremor was felt in an area measuring 56.49 degrees in longitude and 30.10 degrees in latitude, it said.

There are no reports of any casualty or damage to property caused by the two quakes.

Quakes of varying magnitudes often occur in Iran, which is situated on some of the world's most active seismic faultlines.

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