27 September 2010 - 16:10
Quake hits southern Iran, one dead

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (MNA) -- A 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck a remote mountainous area in the southern province of Fars on Monday at 2:52 p.m. local time, killing one person and injuring three people.

The Iranian Seismological Center reported that the quake hit Konar Takhteh at 11:22 GMT at a depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles).

Konar Takhteh, located 677 kilometers southwest of Tehran, is a sparsely populated district located near the city of Kazeroun, west of Shiraz.

The jolt of the earthquake was felt in Kazeroun and Shiraz.

It has been reported that some dilapidated houses in rural areas have been severely damaged and some villages have experienced power cuts.

Officials say rescue teams were immediately dispatched to the quake-stricken areas.

Many areas in Iran are located on seismic fault lines and Iran is frequently hit by powerful and deadly earthquakes.

A 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the southeastern city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people.

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