Six earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

  • Six earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

Six earthquakes strike along Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad

The tremor hit the Iranian province of Kermanshah where an quake killed 620 people in November, Iranian state TV said, adding that rescue teams had been dispatched to the region.

The Iraqi state-run Iraqiya channel confirmed the earthquakes that were felt in the provinces of Baghdad, Diyala, Wasit and Salahudin, and that no casualties were reported.

The region was rocked by a devastating quake last November, in which more than 400 people were killed and around 6,700 injured. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90km southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq. Six had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5, while two registered at magnitude 4.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the USGS.

"It's ongoing activity there", Baldwin said. The quake had left around 328 people dead. Many people are still living in temporary homes and tents. Earlier in the morning, a 5.1-magnitude quake had rattled Kerman province in southern Iran.

Iran sits on major seismic fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes. 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. Earthquakes of magnitude 5 and up to 5.9 are classified as moderate.