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6.1 magnitude earthquake hits southern Iran

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TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted southern Iran on Monday, the local media reported.

The quake struck at 11:22 GMT in Kazeroon in Iran's southern Fars province, according to the Iranian Seismological Center's website.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale.

The epicenter, with a depth of 35.30 km, was initially determined to be at 29.67 degrees north latitude and 51.65 degrees east longitude.

An official from Fars province Governer General told IRNA later on Monday that there were no immediate reports of casualties, but the earthquake has damaged some buildings.

There have also been some reports of car accidents on the roads when the earthquake took place, said Hamid Taqizadeh.

The quake was also felt in the neighboring provinces of Bushehr and Khoozestan, the official was quoted as saying.

Iran, including its capital Tehran, sits astride several major fault-lines in the earth crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

The worst quake happened in recent years was a magnitude-6.3 one, which struck the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing 31,000 people, about a quarter of the city's population, and destroying an ancient mud-built citadel.

Some Iranian officials suggest that the capital be moved from Tehran to some other places. The idea is not something new, as the preliminary planning was made in late 1980s and was updated in early 1990s.

Editor: Wang Guanqun
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