Powerful quake in southeastern Iran kills 5

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TEHRAN. December 21. KAZINFORM Five people were killed in an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale that rocked Iran's southeastern city of Hosein Abad in Kerman province on Monday, satellite channel Press TV reported; Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

The powerful quake, occurring at 22:12 p.m. local time (1842 GMT) and at a depth of only 5 kilometers, was 28.6 degrees North Latitude and 59.1 degrees East Longitude, the Iranian Seismological Center (ISC) said on its website.

The quake was also felt in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the cities of Zahedan, Bam, Khash, and Iranshahr, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

Iran, including its capital Tehran, sits astride several major fault-lines in the earth crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes. Moderate quakes sometimes caused huge damage in some regions due to the poor construction; Kazinform cites Xinhua.

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