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Mild Quakes Jolt Western And Southeastern Iran

Tehran, May 13, IRNA-Three separate mild earthquakes jolted Marivan and Zarand, the two Iranian cities in western and southeastern provinces of Kurdestan and Kerman, Thursday and Friday.

A tremor measuring 3.9 on Richter scale shook Marivan outskirts in Kurdestan Friday morning at 07:25 hours local time (0255 GMT), reported the provincial seismological center in Sanandaj.

The tremble caused no damage to properties, it added.

Marivan was also shaken last March by an earthquake with its epicenter in Iraq, the center said.

Outskirts of Zarand was also reported to have experienced two separate quakes Thursday, measuring 4.6 and 3.6 on Richter scale.

The Geophysics Institute affiliated to Tehran University recorded the trembles at 03:25 and 20:20 hours local time respectively, (2300 and 1610 GMT) in two districts near Zarand.

The first earthquake shook an area located at 31.03 degrees latitude and 56.17 degrees longitude and the second tremor recorded about seven hours later jolted the area's neighborhood situated at 30.80 degrees latitude and 56.72 degrees longitude, the institute said.

No reports, it said, are available on possible damage to properties.

Zarand was hit by a strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake on February 22, 2005, which claimed over 600 lives and leveled some 20 villages.

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