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5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Iran

TEHRAN: A magnitude 5.1 earthquake jolted Iran’s southern province “Kerman’ on Wednesday evening, reported IRNA news agency.

An earthquake of with depth of 10 kilometres or 6.2 miles originated at the village of Hojedk in Kerman Province, a village about 700 kilometres south of Tehran.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage caused by the earthquake near the western city of Kermanshah.

Earlier in November, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck western Iran, killing more than 600.

Kerman Province was also hit on December 12, when it was jolted by a 6.2-magnitude quake, injuring at least 18 people and damaging about 20 houses.

In 2003, some 31,000 people were killed when a magnitude 6.6 quake hit the province and flattened the historic city of Bam.

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