Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

8 earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

The tremor hit the Iranian province of Kermanshah where an natural disaster killed 620 people in November, Iranian state TV said, adding that rescue teams had been dispatched to the region.

The respective epicentres were in the areas of Hedjak, about 770 kilometres (475 miles) southeast of Tehran, and Sumar, 570 kilometres (350 miles) west of the capital, the centre said.

Data from the U.S. natural hazards agency, which collects seismic activity from around the world, also detail two 4.3 magnitude earthquakes in the Diyala region, Iraq, close to the town of Mandali.

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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.

On November 12, a 7.3-magnitude quake killed 620 people in Kermanshah and eight in Iraq. The last deadly quake was in 2003, where a 6.6 magnitude natural disaster killed 26,000 people in the city of Bam. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, according to the United Nations. "If there was a stressed fault that's ready to move, they happen like that until the stresses are relieved, so it's not too unusual". While Iranian government has offered loans for those affected to rebuild their homes, many still live in tents or temporary shipping containers-style homes and face the rains and cold of winter.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people, said reports. The epicentre of the natural disaster is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province. No injuries or damage were reported.

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