Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Six Quakes in One Hour Hit Iran-Iraq Border

Six Quakes in One Hour Hit Iran-Iraq Border

Earlier in November, a magnitude 7.3 quake struck western Iran, killing more than 600 and injuring more than 9,000.

On November 12, a 7.3-magnitude quake killed 620 people in Kermanshah and eight in Iraq.

The border between Iran and Iraq was rattled by three magnitude-5 earthquakes, striking Baghdad on Thursday, AP said, citing the US Geological Survey.

The area is in the sparsely populated and remote Zagros Mountains that divide Iraq and Iran and is home to many shallow faults, he said.

The strong quakes, ranging between 5.0-5.6 magnitude, shook western Iran on Thursday.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of six miles, according to the USGS. The scientist says it appears that all are aftershocks from a November temblor that killed over 530 people.

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

Iran´s western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong natural disaster on Thursday, state TV reported.

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.

More than 530 people died in that quake in Iran.

Iran is located over major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26 000 people. No injuries or damage were reported. Earthquakes of magnitude 5 and up to 5.9 are classified as moderate.

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