2 killed in 5.9-magnitude Iran quake



The epicenter of the quake was nearly 6 miles from the city of Tazehabad and about 19 miles from the city of Javanrud.

The Agency also reported two aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 on each.

An quake with a magnitude of 6.1 shook the border area between Iran and Iraq early on August 26, with Iranian media reporting that at least one person was killed and about 100 others were injured.

The US Geological Survey reported that a shallow, magnitude 6.1 quake struck about 55 miles (88 km) west-northwest of Kermanshah.

The Tasnim news agency earlier said that a 70-year-old man had died of a heart attack in the town of Novosbad, and it was not clear if this was the same fatality.

There were potential problems with drinking water due to damaged infrastructure in villages, but the local Red Crescent chief, Mohammad Reza Amirian, said it had not yet been necessary to distribute food and tents.

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However, the situation was "under control" and no request for help had been sent to neighboring provinces, said Reza Mahmoudian, the provincial director-general of crisis management.

There were reports that the quake was felt far across the border into Iraq.

More than 400 people were killed when a 7.3-magnitude natural disaster had struck Kermanshah in November 2017.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90 percent of the country.

According to health officials, 253 people also have been injured in the strong temblor. President Hassan Rouhani ordered him to provide immediate relief to the earthquake-stricken region.

More than 240 people are reported injured in the quake.

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