Strong earthquake kills seven in Iran

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 21, 2010 10:16

TEHERAN, Iran  — A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck southeastern Iran late Monday, killing at least seven people and injuring 33 others, Iranian state TV reported.

The report said the strong quake hit Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated Chah Malek region of southeastern Iran, at 22:12 local time (18:42 GMT).

Mohammad Barzang, the governor of Rigan, another small town in the stricken area, said collapsed houses in three remote villages had buried dozens under the rubble. He said rescue teams dispatched to the area managed to save many of those trapped.

Barzang said the teams were still working Tuesday to pull others out of the rubble but that there was no indications the death toll would rise dramatically.


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