Quake strikes south-eastern Iran

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake has struck a sparsely populated area in south-eastern Iran.

The quake's epicentre is near the small mountain town of Hosseinabad, in Kerman province.

At least five people were killed during the quake which took place not far from the historic city of Bam where 25,000 people died in 2003, Reuters reports.

Iran straddles a major geological fault line, making it prone to tremors. Minor tremors hit the country almost daily.

Telephone contacts to the affected area has been cut off and rescue teams have been sent to the area, according to local television reports.

According to Iranian state television the earthquake's epicentre was at a depth of 5km (three miles) and some about 100km (60 miles) from Bam.

Residents of the city said that though there was no damage in Bam itself, they felt the earthquake there.

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