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Quakes jolt southeastern town

Tehran, March 16, IRNA-Two earthquakes measuring 4.2 and 4.1 on the open-ended Richter scale hit the town of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman in the wee hours of Wednesday.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the quakes occurred at 02:19 hours local time (2249 GMT) and 02:13 hours local time (2243 GMT) respectively.

The seismological base located the epicenter of the quake in Zarand, measuring 30.58 and 30.73 degrees in latitude and 56.90 and 56.82 degrees in longitude.

There are no reports of damage to property caused by the quakes.

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.

The quake destroyed 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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