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Information on the earthquake that hit Iran yesterday

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On Thursday 4 March, 1999 an earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit the south-eastern part of Iran at 9.08 hours and 40 seconds. The epicentre of the quake was in the district of Kahnooj in the Kerman province, 200 Km to the south of Kerman city.
Due to the fact that the quake took place at that time of the morning, it appears that there have not been any loss of life. None has been reported until now. But 524 houses are so far reported to be damaged. Of these 14 units are 100% damaged, with the rest estimated to be damaged between 20 and 80 percent.

The affected districts are: Kahnooj, Kerman, Sirjan, Rafsanjan, Baft, Jiroft and Bardsir in Kerman province and to some extent Hadji Abad in Hormozgan province. The quake was felt in three provinces of Kerman, Hormozgan and Fars.

85 staff and volunteers of Kerman branch have distributed tents, blankets, cooking utensils and food. Meanwhile, heavy rains which have caused flood over the last few days in most of the southern part of Iran during the last three days, particularly in Khoozestan, Fars and Kerman provinces, are making relief work more difficult. Heavy rains have started pouring again from this morning.