Quake Hits Southwestern Iran

A00905683.jpgTEHRAN (FNA)- An earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale shook the areas in the vicinity of Dogonbadan city about 600 km (375 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran on Wednesday.

Dogonbadan is situated near some big Iranian oil fields.

There have yet been no reports on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.

“We are not aware of any damage to the oil or gas facilities in the Sardasht region,” an official from the National Iranian South Oil Company in Sardasht, a city about 90 km (56 miles) west of Dogonbadan, told Reuters Iran is frequently struck by earthquakes because the country is criss-crossed by faultlines.

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