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3 quakes hit Iran overnight

Three quakes with magnitudes ranging between 3.6 and 4 degrees on the open-ended richter scale shook different parts of Iran, suburbs of a city in a northwestern province, an island in the southern region, and a town in the southeastern areas, from late Thursday to early Friday morning, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Seismographic networks affiliated to the Seismographic Center of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute in separate press releases, copies of which were made available to IRNA, said the tremors had been sensible in suburbs of Khoy, a city in northwestern West Azarbaijan Province, of Shahdad in southeastern Kerman Province and of Hondurabi Island in southern Hormuzgan Province.

The epicenter of the 3.6-degree earthquake, hitting Hondurabi Island's suburbs at 05:05 hours local time (00:35 GMT)), was 26.87 degrees in latitude and 53.76 degrees in longitude.

Meanwhile, the epicenter of the 4.2-degree tremor, hitting Khoy suburbs at 23:49 hours local time (19:19 GMT), was 38.40 degrees in latitude and 44.92 degrees in longitude.

Yet, the epicenter of the four-degree quake, hitting Shahdad suburbs at 04:43 hours local time (00:13 GMT), was 30.60 degrees in latitude and 57.50 degrees in longitude.

No report is yet available on likely toll or damage caused by the natural disaster.

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

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