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100 injured in Iran earthquake

About 100 people were injured in a 4.9-magnitude earthquake which stuck western Iran, state television has reported.

The quake struck at 7.22am local time (3.08am GMT) in the town of Dorood, causing damage to residential buildings.

The report said 25 of the injured remained in hospital, while the others were released after treatment.

The quake caused panic and residents fearing aftershocks left their homes.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and on average experiences at least one small earthquake every day.

A magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic south-eastern city of Bam in 2003, killing 26,000 people.

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