Over the past two days, major earthqakes have struck inChina and Iran. The Chinese quake, which measured 5.5 on the Richter Scale, struck at 8:49 Saturday morning along theHubei-Jiangxi provincial border, a short distance from thecity of Jiujiang. It killed at least 17 people and leftthousands homeless. This morning, at least ten people were killed and many more injured when a quake measuring 6.6 on the Richter Scale struck southern Iran. The quake was centered 35 miles south of Bandar Abbas, and took place at 1:52 PM local time.

Geologists do not consider quakes that take place inunrelated surface structures to be connected, but little isknown about what is happening deeper in the earth, exceptthat the core of the planet rotates slilghtly faster thanthe upper regions. No reliable statistics are kept onearthquake sequences, but anecdotal evidence does suggestthat they may occur in clusters.

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