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Quakes hit towns in southern and southeastern Iran

Tehran, March 1, IRNA-Quakes of varying magnitudes shook the southern and southeastern parts of Iran Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

Two earthquakes measuring 4.4 and 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Jooyam in the southern province of Fars at 12:28 and 02:28 hours local time Wednesday (20:58 and 22:58 GMT Tuesday), respectively.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University recorded the epicenter of the quakes in an area measuring 54.01 degrees in longitude and 28.32 degrees in latitude.

Meanwhile, two other quakes with intensities of 4.1 and 3.7 hit Orzouiyeh and its southern vicinity in southeastern Kerman province at 23:31 hours local time Tuesday and 01:10 Wednesday (20:01 and 21:40 GMT Tuesday), respectively.

According to Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the quakes were recorded in an area measuring 28.88 degrees in latitude and 56.67 degress in longitude.

In related developments, the city of Tangestan, in southern Bushehr province, was jolted by a 4-degree earthquake at 21:36 hours local time (18:06 GMT) Tuesday.

The epicenter of the quake was recorded in an area measuring 28.88 degrees in latitude and 51.26 degrees in longitude.

The city of Hajiabad, in the southern province of Hormuzgan, was also hit by two earthquakes measuring 3.8 and 2.8 on the Richter scale at 22:59 hours local time (19:29 GMT) Tuesday and 06:02 hours local time (02:32 GMT) Wednesday.

The two quakes in Hajiabad were epicentered in areas measuring 28.08 and 28.18 degress in latitude and 56.78 and 56.72 degrees in longitude, respectively.

There have been no reports of any casualty or damage to property caused by the quakes.

Iran is often hit by quakes of varying magnitudes as it sits on some of the world's most active seismic faultlines.

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