One killed, two wounded in s. Iran earthquake

June 3, 2006 15:26


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A young girl was killed and two people were wounded in a 5.2-magnitude earthquake that jolted southern Iran on Saturday, authorities said. "A four-year old girl died under the rubble after an old wall was destroyed by the quake in the island of Qeshm," said Masoud Dalman, the head of emergency services in the Hormozgan province where the quake's epicenter was located. He said two more people were injured on the island. The official Islamic Republic News Agency reported that the quake occurred at 10:45 a.m. local time (0715 GMT) and was felt in the port town of Khamir, 1500 kilometers (932 miles) south east of the capital, Teheran. It was followed by a 4.1 aftershock at 11:07. The US Geological Survey said the quake had reached a 5.4 magnitude, with a 4.5-magnitude aftershock.

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