posted on Nov, 27 2005 @ 08:03 AM
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit southern Iran on Sunday, at least 10 people have been killed. Four villages were badly damaged in the powerful shake;
the temblor was felt as far away as Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Masoud Dalman, head of Hormozgan province's emergency affairs, said several buildings on Qeshm Island were damaged. The island is about 940 miles
south of Tehran, the capital.
Shahram Alamdari, head of the rescue unit for the Iranian Red Crescent, said two helicopters were evacuating the injured from Qeshm to Bandar Abbas, a
city of half a million that was also jolted by the quake.
Provincial official Ghasem Karami told The Associated Press that high casualties were not expected as the area is sparsely populated. He said fewer
than 120,000 people live in an area of 579 sq. miles of the island.
In Oman and the United Arab Emirates, buildings were evacuated and people fled into the streets.
In Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the UAE, buildings were evacuated as people scrambled for safety.
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The last major quake to hit southern Iran was in February 2005.
It killed 612 people and injured more than 1,400, leveling several villages and leaving thousands of people homele
[edit on 27-11-2005 by Riwka]
[edit on 29-11-2005 by asala]