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3 quakes magnitude 5 hit Iran-Iraq border area

12 January 2018

Iran´s western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong quake on Thursday, state TV reported. The USGS said the quake's magnitude was 5.5.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the USGS.

The U.S. Geological Survey said seven of the earthquakes hit near the Iraqi city of Mandali, which is just 75 miles northeast of the Iraqi capital.

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

At least 600 Iranians died in a 7.3-magnitude natural disaster that hit the Kermanshah province on November 12 previous year. Earthquakes that register as 5 are considered moderate.

In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 injured in the northern Kurdish region, according to the UN.

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Geophysicist Randy Baldwin told The Associated Press on Thursday that such quakes should be expected in the region after the November 7.2 magnitude temblor.

Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes in recent weeks. No injuries or damage were reported. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Late Thursday afternoon, another 4.8 magnitude natural disaster struck in Kerman, according to the USGS.

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3 quakes magnitude 5 hit Iran-Iraq border area