3 magnitude quake hits Iran-Iraq border

The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck western Iran near its border with Iraq

The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck western Iran near its border with Iraq

A strong 6.4-magnitude natural disaster hit Iran's western province of Kermanshah late Sunday, Iran's institute of geophysics said.

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of the state emergency services, said: "No reports of any fatalities yet and most of the injured were hurt while fleeing, not due to quake damage".

It struck in the same area where another quake las killed over 600 people. Kermanshah provincial Gov. Houshang Bazvand similarly said there were injuries, but few people hospitalized.

Officials reported damage at buildings both in town and in rural Kermanshah, as well as to some roadways.

The western province was also hit by a 6.0-magnitude quake in August that killed two people and injured more than 250.

The quake had a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

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Those who experienced the quake have taken to Twitter, stating that it has been felt in places including Baghdad, Sulaimaniyah and Erbil, cities in Kurdish regions of Iraq, and Israel. Such shallow earthquakes have broader damage.

Iran sits on top of two major tectonic plates and sees frequent seismic activity.

Last year's quake near Sarpol-e Zahab, a predominantly Kurdish town, had a magnitude of 7.3.

The country's deadliest quake was in 1990, a 7.4-magnitude natural disaster in northern Iran that killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and almost 2,000 villages to rubble. It has been felt in Iraq, Kuwait, and northern Iran.

Sarpol-e Zahab, some 325 miles southwest of the Iranian capital of Tehran, suffered half of the 2017 temblor's casualties.

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