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Huge 6.1 earthquake hits Iran, Iraq

3.1 magnitude earthquake hits Sulaymaniyah's Kalar city

A strong 6.1 earthquake has hit Western Iran, near the border with Iraq, Daily Express reported.

 

USGS reports the epicentre is 31 km (19 miles) west of the city of Javanrud.
Reports confirm the shake was also felt in Kurdistan.

 

Houshang Bazvand, the governor of Kermanshah, told state news agency IRNA that at least 90 people have been injured.

 

Local media reported at least one person has been killed. 

 

Images on social media showed people being rushed to hospitals, but suggested that the quake caused light damage to infrastructure.

 

Last year a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck in the province of Jermansheh, near the border with Iraq.

 

It killed at least 530 people and injured thousands.

 

It was recorded as Iran's deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.
A magnitude 6 quake is categorised as a "strong" earthquake.

 

According to the Richter scale, the effects may include damage to a moderate number of well-built structures in populated areas and severe damage to poorly designed structures.

 

Magnitude 6 earthquakes are felt in wider areas; up to hundreds of miles/kilometres from the epicentre.

 

The quake was originally reported to be 6.2, but it was later downgraded to a 6.1 magnitude earthquake.

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