Quake jolts Iran's Kerman

Quake jolts Iran's Kerman

In November, a major 7.2-magnitude quake struck the same region, killing more than 530 people and injuring thousands in Iran alone.

Back on November 12, another massive natural disaster measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale had rattled Kermanshah province and killed at least 620 people.

The border between Iran and Iraq was rattled by three magnitude-5 earthquakes, striking Baghdad on Thursday, AP said, citing the US Geological Survey.

Earthquakes of magnitude 5 to 5.9 are classified as moderate, and can cause considerable damage.

It said the quakes struck at depths of between eight and 12 kilometres.

No casualty or damage has been reported by far.

In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 injured in the northern Kurdish region, according to the UN. The scientist says it appears that all are aftershocks from a November temblor that killed over 530 people. Many people are still living in temporary homes and tents.

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"It's ongoing activity there", Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS told The Associated Press.

More than 530 people died in that quake in Iran.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes in recent weeks.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 natural disaster in the province of Kerman flattened the historic city of Bam, killing more than 26,000 people. The epicentre of the natural disaster is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province.

Besides, a 5.4-magnitude quake jolted Zarneh region in Iran's Ilam province.

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