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Friday quake damaged over 3,800 buildings in Mazandaran province of Iran

5/30/04 Sari, Mazandaran Prov, May 30, IRNA -- At least 3,879 buildings ere damaged as a result of the Friday powerful earthquake in this Caspian Sea Province, inflicting 123.5 billion rials of damage, said the office of the provincial governor general Sunday.

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It added the damage inflicted on 200 agricultural and live-stock breeding units in the area has been assessed to amount to 5.5 billion rials.

Infrastructural facilities including water, electricity, communication and state buildings have been damaged by the earthquake and its aftershocks, causing 3.8 billion rials of loss.

A strong earthquake, measuring 5.5 degrees on the Richter scale struck vast parts of the Iranian northern cities on Friday. Twenty-two people died and over 200 others injured as a result of the quake. Officials, however, believe the death toll is likely to rise.

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The seismological base of Tehran University's Institute said quakes, measuring from 1.6 to 5.5 on Richter scale, hit Baladeh region and its vicinity in this province for 117 times between 17:08 hours local time (1238 GMT) Friday and 20:00 (1530GMT) Saturday.

The institute added an earthquake, measuring 4.5 degrees on the Richter scale jolted Baladeh at 23:08 (1838 GMT) Saturday.

A moderately strong earthquake hit Kelardasht, Marzanabad, Nowshahr and Nour regions in Mazandaran at 06:12 hours local time (0142 GMT) Sunday.

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