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Earthquake Rocks Western Iran Injuring Over 250

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Map of Iranian oil port and naval base at Jask. Photo: WikiCommons.

Map of Iranian oil port and naval base at Jask. Photo: WikiCommons.

CNN – A powerful earthquake struck early Monday in western Iran, injuring at least 250 people in a region near the border with Iraq. Local authorities said they fear the quake may have caused widespread destruction in rural areas.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit at a depth of around 10 kilometers (6 miles) in an area 36 kilometers southeast of the Iranian city of Abdanan, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was followed by a series of aftershocks.

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