Earthquakes hit southeast Iran

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Baku, Azerbaijan, April 1

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Two earthquakes shook Anbar Abad district in south eastern Kerman Province of Iran on April 1.

The first tremor measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale struck at 11:07 local time, the country's Fars news agency reported on April 1.

Its epicentre was located at 57.77 degrees longitude and 28.27 degrees latitude and at a depth of 10 kilometres underground, according to the report of the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

Another quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted the district at 11:10 local time.

Tehran University Geophysics Institute's seismography center reported that the epicentre of second tremor was located at 57.82 degrees longitude and 28.30 degrees latitude and at a depth of 10 kilometres underground.

There is no report on possible casualties or damage.

Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

The worst earthquake in recent times hit Bam in south eastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people, about a quarter of its population, and destroyed the city's ancient mud-built citadel.

The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale.

About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the North-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated around 27 towns and 1,870 villages.

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