Strong Earthquake Hits Northwest Iran; 2 Dead, Many Injured

    Rescue personnel conduct search and rescue work following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in 2017 in Iran's Kermanshah province. Last year's major 7.3-magnitude quake killed 620 people and another eight people in Iraq.

    Two people were killed and more than 200 injured in a strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck western Iran near the border with Iraq early on Sunday, local media reported.

    The majority of the casualties were in the city of Tazehabad, northeast of Kermanshah, according to Tasnim.

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    Two aftershocks above 3.0 on the Richter scale were also recorded, Tasnim reported.

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

    The quake was felt as far away as Baghdad, according to Iraqi state television, which also said there were no injuries recorded.

    Last November, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck villages and towns in Kermanshah province, along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing at least 530 people and injuring thousands of others. It was Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.

     

    Source Credit: Reuters

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