Iran hit by 6.5-magnitude earthquake, 6 dead

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s state TV said a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in southeastern Iran has killed six people and injured 21 others.

The strong quake struck Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated region of southeastern Iran, at 22:12 local time (1842 GMT) Monday.

The TV report said the tremor also damaged houses and cut off telephone lines. It said the epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers).

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

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one slight earthquake every day on average. — AP

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