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5.5-magnitude quake hits eastern Iran, kills six
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Based on the latest reports from the scene, the quake killed six people and injured 14 others."

South Khorasan Crisis Management Headquarters Director Mohammad Ali Akhoundi

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At least six people have been killed and several others injured in a magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck eastern Iran, near the Afghan border.


The tremor hit the province of South Khorasan at 20:38 local time (1708 GMT) on Wednesday.

The epicenter of the quake was 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the town of Zohan, at a depth of nine kilometers, the Iranian Seismological Center said on its website.

"Based on the latest reports from the scene, the quake killed six people and injured 14 others," South Khorasan Crisis Management Headquarters Director Mohammad Ali Akhoundi told Mehr news agency.

Javad Heravi, who represents the province in the Iranian parliament, said that the quake caused damage to rural buildings and cut power lines and telephone communication.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average.

More than 300 people died and over 3,000 others injured in two powerful earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks that rocked the country’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan in August.

In December 2003, about 27,000 people were killed and 30,000 others injured when a 6.6-magnitude earthquake shook the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran.

The deadliest earthquake in modern Iranian history was a 7.4-magnitude tremor that occurred on June 21, 1990 and affected Gilan and Zanjan provinces. About 40,000 people were killed, 60,000 others were injured, and around 100,000 adobe houses sustained major damage or collapsed.

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