Reports: Five dead in earthquake in eastern Iran

December 5, 2012 22:32

LONDON - An earthquake measuring 5.5 in magnitude struck eastern Iran on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring 10 others, Iranian media reported, adding that the toll was expected to rise.

Iran's Fars news agency said people ran out of their houses after the quake struck the district of Zahan, causing walls and buildings to collapse and leaving people trapped under rubble.

Villages were hardest hit and emergency workers had reached some of them, Tehran's deputy emergency services director Mohammad Sarvar said in a report carried by Fars.

The toll so far was five killed and 10 injured but emergency services were expecting the number to rise, he added.

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