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Quakes continue to jolt Iranian town of Zarand

Tehran, March 19, IRNA-An earthquake measuring 3.9 on the open-ended Richter scale hit the town of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman Saturday morning.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the quake occurred at 05:00 hours local time (0130 GMT).

The seismological base located the epicenter of the quake in the vicinity of Zarand, measuring 30.69 in latitude and 56.80 in longitude.

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

An earthquake measuring 4 on the Richter scale also shook Zarand Friday night.

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

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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