At least six killed in Iran earthquake

At least six killed in Iran earthquake

An earthquake in Iran has killed at least six people near the border with Afghanistan, state TV said today.

Another 14 people were injured in the 5.5-magnitude quake that hit South Khorasan province late yesterday, the report added.

Politician Javad Heravi, who represents the quake-struck region, said there was also damage to buildings and that power lines and telephone service were cut in the province.

Even moderate quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in the Iranian countryside, where houses are often built of mud bricks.

Iran lies on seismic fault lines and experiences at least one slight quake a day on average.

In 2003, 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6-magnitude quake that flattened the historic south-eastern city of Bam.

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