Magnitude 6.0 aftershock quake hits Kerman, Iran

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An natural disaster measuring 6.2 in magnitude struck southeast Iran's Kerman province on Tuesday, state media reported.

It was measured as magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey and several smaller aftershocks were reported. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude tremor destroyed the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

"Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are extremely vulnerable to quake shaking, though some resistant structures exist", the service said.

"The rescue crews present in the area haven't reported any casualties or damage nonetheless." the head of rescue operations for the Red Crescent told state broadcaster IRINN.

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Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Kerman province in Iran

State media reported earlier that no deaths had been caused by the first natural disaster, which hit in late morning on Tuesday, but said that at least 18 people had been injured.

No deaths have been reported but 18 people were injured, state media said. The pictures showed collapsed mud brick walls. It was not immediately known if the quake had caused any damage, injuries or fatalities as it struck during the night.

On November 12, in one of the deadliest earthquakes, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran.

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