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Earthquake injures 16 people in southern Iran

world Updated: Jan 08, 2011 09:40 IST

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Sixteen people were injured when a 5.3-magnitude earthquake jolted southern Iran on Wednesday, the semi-official Mehr News Agency reported.

"Seventeen villages in the area have been damaged," Mehr quoted a local official, Hamid Taqizadeh, as saying.
The quake hit close to the town of Ardakan, in the southern province of Fars, at 9.25am (0555 GMT), Tehran
University's seismological centre reported on its website.

Earthquakes are common in Iran. In 2003, about 30,000 people were killed in a quake that devastated the southeastern city of Bam. Last month an earthquake in northeastern Iran killed at least seven people and injured hundreds.