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Sunday, September 26, 2021

July 30, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Earthquake in Iran

It said about half the area hit by the quake was buried under rubble. Rescue workers were digging for more bodies.

By: Editorial |
July 30, 2021 3:25:55 am
The governor general of Kerman, Abolhossan Sayeh, has appealed for tents, food and clothing for the survivors.

The bodies of 800 earthquake victims have been recovered in the southern Iranian region of Kerman and the final toll could be 4,000, the state radio said. It said about half the area hit by the quake was buried under rubble. Rescue workers were digging for more bodies. The earthquake measured between 6.5 and 7 in the Richter scale and was centred 65 km east of the provincial capital. The region was devastated by another earthquake about 45 days ago. The governor general of Kerman, Abolhossan Sayeh, has appealed for tents, food and clothing for the survivors.

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