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Richter 6.0 or stronger events - Iran averages about one per year. Normally, Richter 6s are not especially destructive. However, depth and location can make a significant difference. The infamous Bam earthquake of 2003 was only a 6.6 but it managed to kill more than 26,000 people and injure an equal number.This should impress all readers as the population of Bam was less than 100,000. Close to 90% of structures were destroyed leaving more than 100,000 survivors homeless.  
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