A New Earthquake is Registered in Iran

Tremors felt in Erbil as 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Kermanshah

The strongest of the three quakes, measuring magnitude 5.6, hit the western province of Kermanshah near the border with Iraq at 10:29 am (0659 GMT), according to the Iranian seismology centre.

The epicentre, with a depth of 8km, was determined to be at 33.78 degrees latitude and 45.74 degrees longitude. Six had a preliminary magnitude of at least 5 and two registered at magnitude 4, according to reports.

No casualty or damage has been reported by far.

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.

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It is unclear how much damage was inflicted by Thursday's natural disaster as the epicenter hit one of the most vulnerable areas in Iran's Kurdish region.

The tremors were very shallow, which causes more ground shaking and potential damage, particularly in places without strict building codes.

The official IRNA news agency says the temblor rocked the village of Hojedk, located about 700 kilometers, or 400 miles, south of Tehran early on Thursday. No injuries or damage were reported. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Kerman has also recently seen several quakes, ranging in magnitude from 4 to 6.2.

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