Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

A New Earthquake is Registered in Iran

A New Earthquake is Registered in Iran

"It's ongoing activity there", Baldwin said.

Earthquakes of magnitude 5 to 5.9 are classified as moderate, and can cause considerable damage. On Nov. 12, on the Iran-Iraq border there were two stronger quakes with magnitude 7.2 and 7.3 at the Richter.

Iraqi state TV said there were no reports of significant damage or fatalities in Baghdad or the central provinces of Wasit and Diyala where the tremor was also felt. In Baghdad, people felt a quake shake the Iraqi capital, followed by what felt like aftershocks. The epicentre of the quake is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province.

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

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Further repairs to the asphalt will be needed, Maginity said, but they will need to wait until the temperatures warm up. Eastbound lanes remained closed almost the entire day, only reopening sometime after 8 p.m.

ISNA said the five injured were in Kermanshah province, and state television reported no major damage. The media say residents rushed out to the streets after the quake.

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 7.2 magnitude natural disaster struck the same region, killing more than 530 people and injuring thousands in Iran alone. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people, said reports.

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