4 injured in multiple strong earthquakes in Iran

Cheryl Sanders
January 12, 2018

An quake of magnitude 5.1 hit parts of southern Iran on Thursday, said reports.

"It's ongoing activity there".

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. Six had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5, while two registered at magnitude 4. The quake had left around 328 people dead.

Iraqi state TV said there were no reports of significant damage or fatalities in Baghdad or the central provinces of Wasit and Diyala where the tremor was also felt. Earthquakes at magnitude 5 can cause considerable damage.

It says the quake's depth was eight kilometers, or 5 miles.

Earlier on Thursday, the USGS said a magnitude 4.9 quake hit Iran's southern province of Kerman before dawn, while another 4.6 magnitude temblor struck on Wednesday night in Kermanshah province.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Iran is located over major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes.

The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990, devastating many areas in the northern province of Gilan and killing around 37,000 people.

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