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3 dead, 19 injured in 6.0 magnitude earthquake in southern Iran

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A powerful quake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook southern Iran early Saturday.

Tehran:

At least three people were killed and 19 injured in a severe earthquake in southern Iran on Saturday morning, state news agency IRNA reported.

The quake, measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale, struck 100 kilometers (60 mi) southwest of the port city of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan province, the US Geological Survey said.

Three people were killed in the village of Sayeh Khosh, close to the earthquake’s epicenter, IRNA reported, citing a member of the Muslim village council who said three bodies had been recovered from the rubble.

The quake struck just a minute after a 5.7 tremor.

One person was killed in November last year when two earthquakes measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Hormozgan province.

Located on the edge of several tectonic plates and across several fault lines, Iran is an area of ​​strong seismicity.

The deadliest earthquake in Iran was a quake measuring 7.4 on the Richter scale that struck in 1990, killing 40,000 people in the north of the country.

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