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5/27/05

Two moderate quakes jolt Iranian cities

Tehran, May 27, IRNA-Two moderate earthquakes jolted cities in Iran's northeastern and southeastern provinces on Friday but have left no reported damage or casualties.

An earthquake measuring 4.1 degrees on the Richter scale hit the city of Raz in the northeastern province of North Khorasan on Turkmenistan border early Friday.

According to the seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the tremor occurred at 00:22 hours local time (0752 GMT on Thursday).

The quake was felt in an area at Raz outskirts, located in 38.06 degree latitude and 57.70 degree longitude.

Meanwhile, an earthquake measuring 3.7 degrees on the Richter scale jolted the city of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman early on Friday.

The seismological center of the Geophysics Institute registered the tremor at 00:05 hours local time (0735 GMT on Thursday) at Zarand's outskirts.

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

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

Iran is situated in one of the world's most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.

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