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Earthquakes Hit Northern and Southeastern Iran

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale rocked northern Iran late Monday, injuring more than 100 people.

Iranian officials said the quake shook buildings in Agh Ghola, a city some 600 kilometers northeast of Tehran. They said the quake was followed by two aftershocks.

Officials said most of the injuries were minor, and that many of them were caused when panicked residents rushed to safety.

Iran's state news agency said a separate earthquake rocked the southeastern city of Jiroft Monday. It said the quake, measuring 4.1 on the Richter scale, caused residents to flee their homes, but no casualties were reported.

Jiroft lies south of the historic city of Bam, where a powerful earthquake in December of 2003 killed more than 30,000 people and destroyed much of the city.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.