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Iranian villagers walk through ruins after an earthquake at the Zeynabi village in the
Iranian Qeshm Island in the Persian Gulf, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008.

Earthquake Hits Southern Iran

September 10, 2008 11:23 AM
by Emily Coakley
A strong earthquake has hit Iran and rattled other neighboring parts of the Persian Gulf. Early casualty reports are contradictory.
Iran was hit with a 30-second long, 6.1-magnitude earthquake today, Agence France-Presse reported. It was immediately followed by several aftershocks, some as strong as 4.8 magnitude.

Reports of the number dead varied. The Press Association said three people had died and 22 were injured in Iran. AFP reported that four people had died.

The quake’s epicenter was about 33 miles southwest of coastal city Bandar Abbas, which houses a large oil refinery and port. The Guardian quoted a National Iranian Oil Company executive, who said the operations weren’t harmed by the quake. “Fortunately, there was no damage to the oil industry’s facilities at Bandar Abbas,” Hojjatollah Ghanimifard said.

The deaths, said AFP, were on the island Qeshm, which is across from Bandar Abbas and has approximately 100,000 residents. United Arab Emirates newspaper The National said some skyscrapers in Dubai were evacuated as a precaution.

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