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Powerful earthquake rocks Iran

A major earthquake, estimated at M7.8, struck near the Iran-Pakistan border today and shook buildings as far away as New Delhi and Gulf cities of Dubai and Bahrain.

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Iran's history of devastating earthquakes

Iran has been hit by several deadly earthquakes in recent years, many of which have caused widespread devastation.

  • A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit the south of Iran last Tuesday killing at least 39 people and injuring around 850.
  • The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990. It measured 7.7 on the Richter scale, killed around 37,000 people and injured 100,000.
  • The worst earthquake in recent times hit a southeastern province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people and destroying the city of Bam's ancient mud-built citadel.

Figures from the Fars news agency.

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