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Magnitude 6.1 Quake Hits Southern Iran

Source: Press TV

A strong earthquake has rattled Iran's southern Fars Province but there has been no official report of casualties or damages.


The 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the Koanr Takhteh and Kazerun regions at 14:52 local time (1122 GMT) on Monday at a depth of 10 km, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.

Earlier Mehr News Agency reported two separate quakes, saying shakes were felt some 175 km (110 miles) away in the provincial capital, Shiraz.

Provincial Crisis Management Authority Hamid Taqizadeh told IRNA that rescue teams had been sent to Kazerun and Mamasani -- a city and a district closest to the earthquake's centre.

Taqizadeh added that several light aftershocks were reported, and that initial reports indicated several traffic accidents.

Iran is located on major seismic fault lines, causing the country to often experience on average one earthquake per day.

A 6.6-magnitude quake reduced Bam to ruins in 2003.

In December 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake which hit the southern city of Bam, killing 25,000 people and wounding at least 31,000 others. The Bam quake is considered the most destructive earthquake the country's recent history.

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