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Moderate quakes hit northeast, southwest Iran

Tehran, Feb 11, IRNA -- Two separate earthquakes of the same size jolted two cities and their suburbs in the southwest and northeastern parts of Iran on Thursday evening and Friday morning respectively.

The Geophysics Institute of Tehran University recorded an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the open-ended Richter scale at Semnan outskirts, 236 km northeast of the Capital Tehran, at 08:41 hours local time (05:11 GMT) on Friday morning.

The institute said in a statement released here on Friday that there have been no reports on possible damage to properties or casualties caused by Semnan earthquake.

It also reported another tremor measuring 3.5 on the open-ended Richter scale in suburbs of the city of Omidiyeh in the southwestern province of Khuzestan on Thursday evening.

The center registered the quake at 21:28 hours local time (19:58 GMT) on Thursday evening.

According to the institute the Omidiyeh tremor occurred at 30.96 degrees latitude and 49.81 degrees longitude in an area near Omidiyeh.

The institute added that the tremor also left no reported damage or casualties.

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