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5.1 magnitude natural disaster rocks Iran's western Kermanshah

5.1 magnitude natural disaster rocks Iran's western Kermanshah

Eight earthquakes struck the Iran-Iraq border area Thursday in apparent aftershocks from a major natural disaster that hit the same area in November. In Baghdad, people felt a quake shake the Iraqi capital, followed by what felt like aftershocks.

Iranian media is reporting that a magnitude 5.1 quake has jolted the country's western province of Kermanshah. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90km southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Baghdad/Ankara - An quake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media. It says the quake's depth was 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage caused by the quake near the western city of Kermanshah.




In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 injured in the northern Kurdish region, according to the UN. Many people are still living in temporary homes and tents.

Baldwin, speaking from Golden, Colorado, said that "it's ongoing activity there".

The consecutive temblors hit near the cities of Soumar and Gilan-e-Gharb in the province of Kermanshah and the city of Zarneh in Ilam province. No injuries or damage were reported.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes. Earthquakes of magnitude 5 and up to 5.9 are classified as moderate.


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