Three magnitude-5 earthquakes strike Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad - USGS


A series of six earthquakes with a magnitude of at least 5 hit along the Iran-Iraq border and rattled even Baghdad and parts of the Iraqi countryside Thursday, striking in the same area that saw a temblor in November that killed more than 530 people.

The epicentre, with a depth of 8km, was determined to be at 33.78 degrees latitude and 45.74 degrees longitude.

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.

In November past year, a massive natural disaster of magnitude 7.3 struck areas near Iran-Iraq border.

Geophysicist Randy Baldwin told The Associated Press on Thursday that such quakes should be expected in the region after the November 7.2 magnitude temblor.

A series of six moderate earthquakes shook Iran on Thursday, lightly injuring five people, the ISNA news agency reported, almost two months after a powerful tremor killed more than 600 people. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90km southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Iranian media are reporting that a magnitude 5.1 quake has jolted the country's southern province of Kerman. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, according to the United Nations.

The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990, devastating many areas in the northern province of Gilan and killing around 37,000 people. Four people suffered minor injuries in Iran, state television reported. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26 000 people.