Eight earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border and rattle Baghdad

Eight earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border and rattle Baghdad

Eight earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border and rattle Baghdad

A series of six moderate earthquakes shook Iran on Thursday, lightly injuring five people, the ISNA news agency reported, almost two months after a powerful tremor killed more than 600 people. The quake had left around 328 people dead.

Back on November 12, another massive quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale had rattled Kermanshah province and killed at least 620 people. Earthquakes that register as 5 are considered moderate.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the USGS.

ISNA said the five injured were in Kermanshah province, and state television reported no major damage.

"It's ongoing activity there".

USGS earthquake map
USGS earthquake map

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

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.

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin told The Associated Press on Thursday that such quakes should be expected in the region after the November 7.2 magnitude temblor.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences nearly a quake per day on average. No injuries or damage were reported. The epicentre of the quake is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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