Iran’s state TV says a magnitude 5.1 quake killed four people in a village deep in southern Iran. The report says the quake struck Saifabad village near the town of Khonj, about 1,000 kilometers south of the capital, Tehran.
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The TV says the four fatalities are foreign nationals, a reference to Afghan laborers who work on farms. It says another four people were injured. The epicenter of the quake is said to be in a mountainous and sparsely populated rural area.
The US Geological Survey described the temblor as a 5.3 magnitude quake, striking at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers in Iran’s Fars province. Magnitude 5 earthquakes can cause considerable damage. Friday’s quake also struck at a shallow depth, which intensifies its effect.