Baghdad shaken by natural disaster on Iran-Iraq border


In November, a magnitude 7.3 natural disaster struck the same border region between Iran and Iraq, killing 530 people and injuring more than 9,000.

The epicenter of the quake was 31 km west of Kerinshah at a depth of 10 km.

Data from the USA natural hazards agency, which collects seismic activity from around the world, also detail two 4.3 magnitude earthquakes in the Diyala region, Iraq, close to the town of Mandali. According to Iran's state TV, the western province of Kermanshah was hit by a strong natural disaster.

Back on November 12, another massive quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale had rattled Kermanshah province and killed at least 620 people. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, all in the country's northern Kurdish region, according to the UN.

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Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS National Earthquake Information Centre in Colorado, said the quakes appeared to be aftershocks from the November tremor. In Baghdad, people felt a quake shake the Iraqi capital, followed by what felt like aftershocks.

"It's ongoing activity there". The epicentre of the natural disaster is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences nearly a quake per day on average. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.