Iran Earthquake 2010: Magnitude 6.3 Quake Strikes Southeastern Part Of Nation

12/20/2010 01:57 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state TV says a magnitude 6.5 earthquake in southeastern Iran has killed 6 people and injured 21 others.

The strong quake struck Hosseinabad, a small town of a few hundred residents in a sparsely populated region of southeastern Iran, at 22:12 local time (1842 GMT) Monday.

The TV report says the tremor also damaged houses and cut off telephone lines. It says the epicenter was at a depth of 3 miles (5 kilometers).

Even moderate quakes have killed thousands of people in the past in the Iranian countryside, where houses are often built of earthen bricks.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one slight earthquake every day on average.