Strong quake rattles Iran

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A strong earthquake of 6.2 hit southern Iran early Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with local media reporting of damaged villages and several injuries.

The epicentre of the quake was measured at 85km southeast of the southern town of Minab at 0208 GMT, the USGS said in a statement. It was at a depth of 36.44km.

Head of Iran's Red Crescent rescue corps Mahmoud Mozafar told the Fars news agency that at least 11 people had been injured in five villages which were "severely" hit by the quake.

The Mehr news agency, quoted him as saying that "several houses were levelled" based on preliminary reports.

The reports said rescue teams were dispatched to the affected area.

The USGS said there was a 35 per cent chance of fatalities from the quake which the Hong Kong Observatory measured at 6.1.

Iran's Seismological Centre has registered a series of aftershocks, measuring between 4.1 and 5.2.

Iran sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes, some of which have been devastating.

- AFP

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