Quake jolts Iran's Kerman

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

It is unclear how much damage was inflicted by Thursday's quake as the epicenter hit one of the most vulnerable areas in Iran's Kurdish region.

Eight earthquakes struck the Iran-Iraq border area Thursday in apparent aftershocks from a major natural disaster that hit the same area in November.

The official IRNA news agency says the temblor rocked the village of Hojedk, located about 700 kilometers, or 400 miles, south of Tehran early on Thursday.

The Iraqi state-run Iraqiya channel confirmed the earthquakes that were felt in the provinces of Baghdad, Diyala, Wasit and Salahudin, and that no casualties were reported.

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Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes in recent weeks.

Back on November 12, another massive quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale had rattled Kermanshah province and killed at least 620 people. In Baghdad, people felt a quake shake the Iraqi capital, followed by what felt like aftershocks. The depth of the epicentre was around 10 km. No injuries or damage were reported. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people, said reports.

Late Thursday afternoon, another 4.8 magnitude natural disaster struck in Kerman, according to the USGS.

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