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Quake jolts sparsely populated district in southern Iran, no casualties

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TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state TV says a magnitude-5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south without causing casualties.

It said the epicenter of Tuesday's quake was in the Shonbeh district, some 120 kilometers (75 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a Persian Gulf town that is home to Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help.

Last year a magnitude-6.1 quake killed at least 37 people and injured hundreds more in the same area. It did no damage to the plant, which is built to resist earthquakes up to magnitude 8.0.

Iran experiences frequent earthquakes. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude-6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

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