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Iranian earthquakes hurt more than 600, but no deaths reported: state television

DUBAI (Reuters) – An earthquake of 6.3 in Iran's western border with Iraq injured more than 600 people, most suffering…

DUBAI (Reuters) – An earthquake of 6.3 in Iran’s western border with Iraq injured more than 600 people, most suffering less wounds, said state television on Monday, but no deaths had been reported.

The earthquake on Sunday night felt in at least seven provinces in Iran, but most in Kermanshah, where last year more than 600 people were killed and thousands injured in Iran’s deadliest earthquake for more than a decade.

“The number of injured persons has reached 646 … Most of them were not in hospital due to the minor injuries,” said television officials.

The head of Iran’s Red Crescent Society, Mahmoud Mohammadi Nasab, told TV that there were no deaths.

TV-recorded image of damaged houses in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, where some people are still homeless after last year’s earthquake of 7.3. Iran’s state-owned news agency said two earthquakes measure 5.2 and 4.6 on the Richter scale, shaking Sarpol-e Zahab on Monday morning.

The fear of haunting forced many people to spend the night on the streets in cold weather. The quake triggered landslides in certain areas, but Iranian authorities said that the rescue team had access to all cities and villages.

Iran has astride big lines and is prone to frequent shaking. In 2003, a 6,6-storey quake in Kerman province killed 31

,000 people and plastered the historic city of Bam.

Sunday tremor was also known in Kuwait and Iraqi capital Baghdad as well as in Erbil in the Iraqi Kurdistan region and other Iraqi provinces, but no damage was reported.

Writing of Parisa Hafezi; Editing Nick Macfie

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