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September 10, 2008

Southern Iran hit by earthquake

Southern Iran hit by earthquake

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An earthquake measuring 6.1 has struck southern Iran, the US Geological Service has said.

It hit at 0630 (1100 GMT), west-south-west of Bandar Abbas, home of a major oil refinery, about 55 kilometers (35 miles) below ground, the agency said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Iran has been struck by several severe quakes in recent years, the deadliest in 2003, when 25,000 people died in a 6.7 quake in the ancient city of Bam.

Iran straddles a major geological fault line, making it particularly prone to earth tremors.

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