6.2-magnitude earthquake shakes southern Iran

May 12, 2013 at 8:12 AM

TEHRAN, May 12 (UPI) -- A 6.2-magnitude earthquake shook southern Iran, killing at least one person and injuring 17 others, officials said.

The quake struck at 6:38 a.m. local time Saturday and was centered at a depth of 9 miles underground in Hormazgan province, the Iranian Seismological Center said.

Water and electricity networks in the region were damaged by the quake, said Hossein Ranjbar, the head of the Hormozgan Crisis Management Organization.

Several villages saw extensive damage from the earthquake and rescue teams have been dispatched to the area, the Tehran Times reported Sunday.

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