Earthquake-prone region of Iran hit again
6.2 quake hits where 2,400 were killed in May
June 26, 1997
Web posted at: 8:41 a.m. EDT (1241 GMT)
NORTHEASTERN IRAN (CNN) -- A magnitude 6.2 earthquake in
northeastern Iran on Thursday destroyed 15 villages in the
same region where at least 2,400 people were killed by a
quake in May.
The new quake near the towns of Qaen and Birjand caused no
casualties because residents of the area were still living in
tents following a stronger quake last month, the state radio
The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said a Red Crescent
official said relief teams had been sent to the area.
The quake was centered about 200 miles southeast of
Khorasan's provincial capital, Mashhad, the agency said.
The region has been hit by 475 aftershocks since a
magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck
May 10 leveled about 168 villages, killed more than 2,400
people and left 60,000 homeless.
U.N. officials said this week that most of those made
homeless by May's earthquake were still living in tents near
their damaged villages and that Iranian authorities were
expected to start rebuilding some of the ruined houses soon.
Iran has been hit by at least three major earthquakes in the
past year as well as scores of tremors and thousands of
aftershocks that U.N. officials say have stretched the
country's relief supplies to the limit.
Iran said this month it needed $100 million over the next 18
months to reconstruct regions devastated by the earthquakes.
It said 30,500 houses would be built in the area of the May
Reuters contributed to this report.
- Iran issues new, lower earthquake
death toll - May 13, 1997
- Iran launches rescue efforts after quake kills 2,400 - May 11, 1997
- Powerful quake in Iran kills 1,000, injures 6,000 - May 10, 1997
- Iran earthquake relief plane crashes - March 4, 1997
- Iran quake toll rises to 965 - March 3, 1997
- Iranian quake kills 500, injures 2,000 - March 1, 1997
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