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Death toll in Iran's 6.1-magnitude quake rises to 32


09:33, April 10, 2013

TEHRAN, April 9 (Xinhua) -- At least 32 people died and 850 others injured in the 6.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale in Kaki city in Iran's southern Bushehr province Tuesday afternoon, state-run IRINN TV reported.

Some 700 buildings were also seriously damaged, Fereidoon Hassanvand, governor of Bushehr province, was quoted as saying.

Following the deadly earthquake, the representative of Iran's supreme leader in Bushehr province, Ayatollah Gholam-Ali Safaei- Boushehri, announced three mourning days in the province, according to official IRNA news agency.

Twenty rescue teams and several helicopters have been dispatched to the quake-hit region from neighboring cities and provinces, Mahmoud Mozaffar, chief of Iran's Red Crescent Society, said earlier.

In two villages, the damaged area exceeded 80 percent, he was quoted as saying by semi-official Mehr news agency.

Semi-official ISNA news agency also quoted Mozaffar as saying that the village of Baghan has been completely damaged.

The epicenter of the quake, with a depth of 12 km, was initially determined to be at 28.48 degrees north latitude and 51. 58 degrees east longitude.

Subsequently, 13 aftershocks hit Kaki, according to Iran's Seismological Center.

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