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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake kills at least 37 in Iran

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An Iranian woman receives medical treatment from aid workers in the town of Shonbeh, southeast of Bushehr, on April 9, after a powerful earthquake struck near the Gulf port city of Bushehr.

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Vehicles make their way along structures destroyed by an earthquake which struck southern Iran in the city of Shonbeh, Iran, on April 9.

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An Iranian woman sits on the rubble in the Shonbeh Twon in Bushehr province in southern Iran, on April 9.

By Nasser Karimi, The Associated Press

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 and injured hundreds more in a sparsely populated area in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said, adding that it did not damage a nuclear plant in the region.

The report said the earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran's first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help.

"No damage was done to Bushehr power plant," Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand told state TV. He said 37 people had died so far and 850 were injured, including 100 who were hospitalized. Continue reading.

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Mohammad Fatemi / Fars News via AFP - Getty Images

Iranians walk past the ruins of a destroyed house in the town of Shonbeh, southeast of Bushehr, on April 9, after a powerful earthquake struck near the Gulf port city of Bushehr.