Qaen Iran



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QAEN, IRAN — Following the powerful earthquake that devastated 200 villages in the remote mountains of northeastern Iran on Saturday, killing at least 2,000 and injuring more than 5,000, Iran appealed for international aid for the stricken villages and towns, many of them cut off by landslides triggered by the quake.

People slept in the streets of Qaen, shivering in the 41-degree air but too scared to go indoors, fearing that further quakes would strike the region. Ten thousand homes collapsed in the town of Qaen, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said.

The earthquake struck at 12:28 p.m. (4:58 a.m. EST) with a moment magnitude of 7.1, according to the US Geological Survey in Golden, Colo. It was centered 65 miles north-northeast of Birjand, near Qaen, about 70 miles west of the Afghan border.

Most of the damage occurred in the 60-mile stretch between Birjand and Qaen, a region dotted by poor villages and mud huts. The official Islamic Republic News Agency said there was also considerable damage in Afghanistan, but gave no other details. Red Cross and United Nations officials, however, said they had not received reports of major damage there.




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