Iran state TV says death toll in earthquake rises to 30

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TEHRAN, Iran - Iran state TV says the death toll in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that jolted a town near the country's first nuclear power plant has risen to 30.

The Tuesday report by the English-language channel Press TV says the earthquake struck Khormooj some 80 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the home of Iran's first nuclear power plant.

Another report by semi-official Fars news agency says fearful residents poured into the streets.

The quake was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain and Qatar, where workers were evacuated from high-rise buildings as a precaution.

Earlier on Sunday a lighter earthquake jolted Khormooj. Iran is located on seismic faults and it experiences daily light earthquakes.

In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6 magnitude quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.

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