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Size 6.3 earthquake hits western Iran, 70 injured

By Nasser Karimi and Jon Gambrell | AP November 25 at 13:02 TEHRAN, Iran – An earthquake of the order…

TEHRAN, Iran – An earthquake of the order of 6.3 hit western Iran near the border with Iraq on Sunday evening, the same area where another throat killed more than 600 people last year. Initial reports said themblor injured at least 70 people.

Sunday night’s earthquake struck near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province, which suffered half of the damage from last year’s shake and some still remain homeless. People flew into the street after the earthquake in fear.

State television in Iran reported the trembling, while the semi-media news agency Fars said it felt about seven Iranian provinces. The authorities said that six rescue teams were used immediately after the earthquake ended and the country’s army and its paramilitary revolutionary guard responded.

Pir Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s emergency department, said at least 70 people were injured. Kermanshah Provincial Governor Houshang Bazvand also said there were injuries, but gave no figures for those injured.

6.3 The earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) according to U.S. Geological Survey. Iran State TV gave depth to 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Such shallow earthquakes have greater damage.

The earthquake felt as far away as the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

Iran lies on major seismic errors and experiences an earthquake per day on average. In 2003, an earthquake of 6.66 plunged the historic city of Bam in southern Iran and killed 26,000 people.

Last year’s earthquake near Sarpol-e Zahab, a predominantly Kurdish city, had a magnitude of 7.3. The region, embedded in Zagros Mountain, was built largely in the last decades after the devastating 1980s of Iran and Iraq, many buildings collapsed or sustained major damage in the quarter of 2017.


Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates Arab Emirates.

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