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7 earthquakes strike off the coast of Iran, rattling Gulf

The USS Boxer transits the Strait of Hormuz, August 12, 2019. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Ortiz/Released)
The USS Boxer transits the Strait of Hormuz, August 12, 2019. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Ortiz/Released)

Seven earthquakes strike off Iran’s southern Kish Island, rattling Dubai and other areas across the Persian Gulf.

The US Geological Survey says six magnitude 4 temblors struck, as well as one magnitude 5.3 off the island near the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian state television reports that authorities deployed rescue teams to the town of Jenah in Hormozgan province, though no damage and casualties were initially reported. Jenah is some 1,080 kilometers (670 miles) south of the capital, Tehran.

Iran lies on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average.

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