A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck southern Iran on Tuesday. According to the US Geological Survey-- an agency of the United States government whose work spans the disciplines of biology, geography, geology, and hydrology-- a magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
Notably, Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.
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