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Quake hits Iran's Kerman province for 3rd time Thursday

Source: Tabnak

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook Mohammadabad and its outskirts in Rigan section of the southeastern province of Kerman Thursday, IRNA reported from Kerman.

The seismological base of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, registered the tremor at 12:08 p.m. local time (0838 GMT).

This was the third time on Thursday that the province was hit by a relatively strong quake.

A 5.1-strong quake hit the area at 10:32 a.m. local time (0702 GMT), while the second quake which measured 4.0 occurred at 10:48 a.m. local time (0718 GMT).

The last quake was epicentered in an area located at 28.25 degrees in latitude and 59.07 in longitude.

According to the reports the first two quakes had inflicted no damage but there are no immediate reports on any damage to property or loss of life caused by the last quake.

Kerman and its vicinity also shook several times two months ago. Fortunately, there was no loss of life then and material damages were minor.

But when the ancient city of Bam in Kerman province was hit by a strong earthquake on December 2003, thousands of people were killed and many houses and buildings including the ancient Arg-e Bam Citadel, the largest adobe building in the world, were ruined.

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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