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In pictures: Iran earthquake
A woman cries in front of the rubble of destroyed homes in the village of Dahuyeh
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A strong earthquake has hit southern Iran, affecting some 30,000 people and 40 villages.
Iranians stand around the rubble of destroyed homes in the village of Dahuyeh
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Some villages have been almost completely destroyed.
Dahuyeh village
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The quake had a magnitude of 6.4 and lasted 11 seconds.
Villagers and rescuers search the rubble in the village of  village of Dahuyeh
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Local people have been desperately looking for survivors amid the rubble, sometimes using their bare hands and crude tools.
Dahuyeh village
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Many people have lost everything - members of their family as well as their homes.
Men carry the dead in the village of Dahuyeh
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For some, the grim task of burying the dead began almost straight away.
People in Dahuyeh bury their dead
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It is thought some 500 people have been killed in the earthquake.
Cemetery in Khanuk village, on the outskirts of Zarand
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Iran is situated over several major faultlines, and is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.
Devastated area of Bam, Dec 2003
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Just over a year ago, the historic Iranian city of Bam was devastated by a huge earthquake.
A woman cries as she sits with a child in Dahuyeh
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People now await rescue and aid to try to rebuild their lives.




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