‘Many’ killed by severe quake in Iran

‘Many’ killed by severe quake in Iran

By The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran _ A severe earthquake hit the historic city of Bam in southeast Iran today, and the regional governor told state media that many people were killed or buried.

Iranian television said the magnitude 6.3 quake leveled about 60 percent of the houses in Bam, 630 miles southeast of the capital, killing many people as they slept. Authorities put out a call for blood donations.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.7.

“Many people have died,” Kerman province Gov. Mohammad Ali Karimi told state media. “Many people are buried under the rubble.”

Bam is an ancient city known for its giant medieval citadel and other adobe buildings, some that date back 2,000 years.

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