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Iran quake injures dozens

At least 10 people are dead and dozens are injured in the wake of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran, according to government reports.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | November 27, 2005

At least 10 people are dead and dozens are injured in the wake of a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran, according to government reports.

Four villages with mud-brick homes are severely damaged, and search-and-rescue continued Sunday morning. Most of the damage appears to be in the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan.

The area is sparsely populated, which will keep the number of potential casualties lower. But it also means more difficult access for relief suppliers.

The quake was located 35 miles southwest of Bandar Abbas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Aftershocks continued to rock the area Sunday.

Iran was rocked by a major quake in February, a 6.4-magnitude temblor that killed more than 600 people. In 2003, an earthquake killed 31,000 people in the desert city of Bam, about 600 miles southeast of Tehran.

The Iran quake has occurred on the heels of another quake that hit central China over the weekend. A 5.5-magnitude temblor killed at least 15 people and injured more than 450 others.


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