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Quake hits southeast Iran

Tehran, March 6, IRNA -- An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale shook the vicinity of the town of Zarand in the southeastern province of Kerman on Sunday.

According to the seismological base of Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 12:32 hours local time (09:02 GMT).

The seismological base located the epicenter of the quake on the outskirts of Zarand, measuring 30.78 degrees in latitude and 54.79 degrees in longitude.

A strong quake, measuring 6.4 on the open-ended Richter scale, struck the town at 05:55 hours local time (02:25 GMT) on February 22, 2005, killing over 600 people and injuring thousands of others.

According to early estimates, the 6.4 Richter scale quake has inflicted over rls 700 billion in damage on rural areas and infrastructures in the quake-hit region.

The quake destroyed four villages by 100 percent and damaged some 40 villages by over 25 percent.

Iran is situated on some of the world's most active seismic fault lines and quakes of varying magnitudes are of usual occurrence.

... Payvand News - 3/6/05 ... --

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