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Strong quake kills 10 in southern Iran
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-28 07:09:59

Ten people were killed and some 50 injured when an earthquake razed mud-brick villages on Qeshm on Sunday, officials and state media said. Iran's official news agency IRNA said the quake, with a magnitude of 5.9, shook southern Iran for about 10 to 15 seconds at 1:53 P.M.
Video grab shows a building damaged by an earthquake on the Gulf island of Qeshm off Iran's south coast November 27, 2005.

    TEHRAN, Nov. 27 (Xinhuanet) -- At least 10 people were killed and scores more injured Sunday in a strong earthquake in southern Iran, local media reports said.

    Earlier, the official IRNA news agency reported that at least five people were killed and dozens wounded.

    But Heidar Alishvandi, governor of Qeshm, the epicenter of the quake, was quoted later as saying that a landslide that followed the quake caused additional damage.

    Four villages were also destroyed by the quake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, which was felt for nearly 10 seconds, he told the state television.

    Rescue teams were dispatched to the affected areas immediately, which are all located in less populated areas of the island, and the biggest town of the island, also called Qeshm, remained undamaged, said the official.

    The quake hit the southern Iranian coastline at around 1:30 p.m.(1000 GMT), the official IRNA news agency reported, adding that the epicenter of the quake was at the Qeshm Island near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas.

    It was reported that the quake was even felt in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.

    Iran is situated n some of the world's most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are frequently witnessed.

    On Dec. 26, 2003, a quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale hit the southeastern city Bam, killing nearly 262,000 people. On Feb. 22, 2004, another quake measuring 6.4 laid more than 600 dead and 1400 injured on the outskirt of Zarand, a town250 km northwest of Bam. Enditem

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