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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Southeastern Iran December 24, 2010
Quake Map of Iran
At least 11 people were killed when a powerful 6.5 magnitude temblor struck Iran’s southeastern province of Kerman late Monday evening.

The provincial governor told reporters on Tuesday that the quake caused damage in more than 40 villages, and that many victims of the shaking were still trapped inside wrecked buildings.

The epicenter was near the town of Hosseinabad at an extremely shallow depth of only about 16,000 feet, or a little more than 3 miles, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.

Hosseinabad is located near the ancient citadel of Bam, where nearly 31,000 people were killed and thousands more injured in a catastrophic earthquake in December 2003.

The semi-official Fars news agency reports the quake was also felt in the neighboring province of Sistan-Baluchistan, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.