June 3, 2006

Quake on Iranian island kills one, hurts several

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An earthquake on an island off Iran's
southern coast killed a young girl and injured several other
people on Saturday, an official said.

The 5.2 magnitude struck at 10:45 a.m. (0715 GMT). The full
extent of the damage was not yet known.

"A four-year-old girl has been killed in Ramkan village on
Qeshm island and several people were injured (in the village
of) Zirang," said Hamid Gholampour, an emergency official in
the southern province of Hormuzgan.

A spokeswoman for the Red Crescent aid network said rescue
teams had been sent to the area.

Ten people were killed when an earthquake measuring 5.9
razed villages on Qeshm in November. The traditional mud-brick
dwellings of southern Iran are highly vulnerable to quakes.

Qeshm is the biggest island in the Gulf and is a free-trade
zone with a population of about 120,000.

It is famed for its mangroves and its beaches are much
loved by tourists and nesting sea-turtles.