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Aftershocks jolt Zarand

Tehran, March 4, IRNA -- Two aftershocks measuring 4 and 4.1 on the Richter scale hit the town Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman Friday morning.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the aftershocks occurred at 01:19 hours local time (2149 GMT) and 07:44 hours local time (0314 GMT) respectively.

The seismological base located the epicenter of the quake on Zarand, measuring 30.78 degrees in latitude and 56.70 to 56.80 degrees in longitude.

A strong quake, measuring 6.4 on the open-ended Richter scale, struck the town at 05:55 hours local time (0225 GMT) on Feb 22, 2005, killing over 600 people and injuring over thousands of others.

The epicenter of the quake was 60 kilometers (35 miles) northwest of the city of Kerman.

Some 71 aftershocks with magnitude of 3.5 on Richter scale have been registered in Zarand since the wee hours of Feb 22.

According to early estimates, the 6.4 Richter scale quake has inflicted over rls 700 billion of damage upon rural areas and infrastructures in the quake-hit region.

The quake destroyed three to four villages by 100 percent and damaged some 40 villages by over 25 percent.

A killer earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 on the Richter scale flattened the historical city of Bam in the same province on Dec 26, 2003, killing over 30,000 people and injuring thousands more.

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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