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Magnitude 4.7 quake hits western Iran

Magnitude 4.7 quake hits western Iran

AFP correspondents said the quakes were also felt across Iraq and in Iraqi Kurdistan bordering Iran.

Baghdad/Ankara - An natural disaster 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.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the USGS. Earthquakes at magnitude 5 can cause considerable damage. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, according to the United Nations. The scientist says it appears that all are aftershocks from a November temblor that killed over 530 people.

That area is home to many shallow faults, he said.

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"It's ongoing activity there", Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS told The Associated Press.

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. On Nov. 12, on the Iran-Iraq border there were two stronger quakes with magnitude 7.2 and 7.3 at the Richter.

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

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Earlier in the morning, a 5.1-magnitude quake had rattled Kerman province in southern Iran. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.


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