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Earthquake in southern Iran kills one, injures 30

Tehran: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake killed one person and injured 30 in a small town in southern Iran, state TV said.

It said the quake struck early Thursday morning in the town of Bastak, about 1,200 kilometres south of Tehran.

It said many of the town buildings were damaged and that rescue workers were on the scene.

Later, it is reported that 16 of the injured remain in hospital while 14 have been released after assistance, aftershocks are felt in the region of about 50,000 residents.

Iran sits on a series of seismic fault lines and experiences one slight quake a day on average.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a magnitude 6.6 quake that flattened the historic southeastern Iranian city of Bam.

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