Disastrous earthquake hits Iran destroying 200 villages
CNN.com reports that a strong earthquake struck Iran Wednesday, demolishing nearly 200 villages in Iran's Hormozgan Province.
The 6.1 magnitude quake, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey, killed at least 6 people and injured 46 others.
According to the report, Mehdi Rezapoor, head of the Iranian Seismological Center, said it was "a medium-sized quake."
CNN staff members in the nearby city of Dubai said they felt the building they were in shake for about 15 to 20 seconds.
The news report goes on to say that "there was no evidence of any damage in Dubai, where there are a lot of high-rise buildings."
This area is prone to earthquakes since "Iran lies on a series of seismic fault lines and has experienced devastating earthquakes." (CNN.com)
An article in the New York Times reports that a major earthquake in 2003 "killed more than 31,000 in the city of Bam, and 600 were killed in the city of Zarand in 2005 in an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4."