Lake Van: there is a train from Tehran to Ankara, in Turkey, the Trans Asia Express which takes two nights and includes a crossing of Lake Van. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Damaged houses are seen in the earthquake stricken town of Bushehr in Iran Photograph: Mehr News Agency /Reuters

A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station today, killing 37 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devasta(...)