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Qeshm quake claims 7 lives

Qeshm, Hormozgan, Sept 11, IRNA - Qeshm governor said on Thursday that seven people died and 44 were wounded by the earthquake which hit the city on Wednesday.

Mehdi Irannejad noted that Iran's Red Crescent Society has dispatched rescue teams equipped with most sophisticated equipment to the region.

A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 degrees in Richter scale jolted southern part of Hormuzgan province on Wednesday afternoon at 15:30 local time (12:00 GMT) which damaged around 100 houses in the rural areas.


Four consecutive earthquakes measuring 4.9, 4.5, 4.2 and 3.7 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Bandar Khamir in the southern province of Hormuzgan early Thursday and Wednesday night.


According to the seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, the 4.9-degree quake occurred at 06:46 hours local time (0216 GMT) Thursday.

The tremor was felt in an area measuring 55.57 degrees in longitude and 27.00 degrees in latitude, the report added.

The 4.5-degree quake happened at 05:41 hours local time (0111 GMT) Thursday.

The quake hit an area measuring 55.72 degrees in longitude and 27.13 degrees in latitude, said the base.

Moreover, the trembles with the intensity of 4.2 and 3.7 on the Richter scale occurred at 22:50 hours local time (1820 GMT) and 22:56 hours local time (1826 GMT) on Wednesday in an area measuring 55.76 degrees in longitude and 26.99 degrees in latitude, the report said.

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

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