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News number: 8809221652

17:24 | 2009-12-13

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Consecutive Shocks Close Schools in Southern Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The authorities of the town of Khonj in Iran's southern province of Fars on Sunday ordered the closure of schools as people took refuge in the streets from up to 30 mild aftershocks of a 4.1-magnitude quake.



People camped out as aftershocks of the 4.1-magnitude earthquake continue to shake the town of Khonj.

The aftershocks, ranging from two to three magnitudes on the Richter scale, forced people to camp outside during the past 24 hours despite the cold weather conditions in the town of Khonj.

Khonj is a town with a population of around 20,000 situated in the southern province of Fars.

The initial tremor, which shook the town in the early hours of Saturday, caused no significant casualties or property damage.

However people did not return to their homes after rushing out following the quake, fearing another jolt.

Earthquakes are dreaded in Iran. The country has been hit by several devastating earthquakes over the past few decades, such as the deadly shockwaves that hit the southwestern town of Bam in 2003.

The Bam earthquake claimed around 30,000 lives and left the city's historic 2000-year-old citadel almost in ruins.