Hundreds Trapped After Iran Quake

7 dead after 6.5 quake destroys villages
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2010 3:55 AM CST
People rest outside their home in the village of Chah Ghanbar, in Kerman province, southeastern Iran, today after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck.   (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Hamid Sadeghi)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of people have been trapped in the rubble of buildings toppled by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake that jolted the country's southeast region late last night. The death toll currently stands at 7 but it is expected to rise significantly, CNN reports. Some two dozen villages have been wholly or partially destroyed, and rescuers are struggling to reach remote areas hit by the quake. The epicenter was near the city of Bam, where a December 2003 earthquake killed 30,000 people.

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