A strong earthquake of 6.2 magnitude hit southern Iran early Saturday,killing one child and injuring at least 20 others in remote,mountainous villages,state television reported.
The US Geological Survey registered the quake at 0738 IST,measured at 85 kilometres southeast of the town of Minab,located in the southern Hormuzgan province and off the Strait of Hormuz.
The quake was registered at a depth of 36.44 kilometres,the USGS said.
A local emergency official said a two-year-old died of serious injuries. The child passed away on route to hospital, Mohammad Shekari was quoted by ISNA news agency.
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A quake official,Mahmoud Mozafar,said at least 20 people had been injured.
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