5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

Pauline Gross
January 14, 2018

More than 530 people died in that natural disaster in Iran.

According to the National Seismological Centre of the University of Tehran's Institute of Geophysics, the quake hit an area 13km away from the town of Sumar in Kermanshah province on Thursday at 10:29 a.m. local time.

The quake's magnitude was 5.5, according to the United States Geological Survey.

Earlier on Thursday, the USGS said a magnitude-4.9 quake hit Iran's southern province of Kerman before dawn.

There are no reports of any casualties so far.

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

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 respective epicentres were in the areas of Hedjak, about 770 kilometres (475 miles) southeast of Tehran, and Sumar, 570 kilometres (350 miles) west of the capital, the centre said. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. No injuries or damage were reported.

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

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