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5.5-magnitude quake kills at least 1 in southern Iran

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • An earthquake struck southern Iran
  • It killed one person and injured three, Mehr news agency reported

(CNN) -- An earthquake in southern Iran killed at least one person and injured three others Monday, the country's semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The 5.5-magnitude quake hit Monday afternoon near Kazerun, about 50 miles west of Shiraz and 415 miles south of Tehran, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The Mehr news agency said it happened near the community of Konar Takhteh.

The agency quoted Hamid Taghizadeh, a provincial official, as saying that "some old buildings and homes in two nearby villages were also damaged."