Eight Earthquakes Strike Iran-Iraq Border, Injuring 4

Eight Earthquakes Strike Iran-Iraq Border, Injuring 4

A magnitude 7.3 natural disaster in the same area in mid-November killed at least 530 and injured more than 8000. The last deadly quake was in 2003, where a 6.6 magnitude natural disaster killed 26,000 people in the city of Bam.

The U.S. Geological Survey says three earthquakes with a magnitude of around 5 have struck along the Iran-Iraq border. Earthquakes at magnitude 5 can cause considerable damage.

All the earthquakes struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), according to the USGS.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS National Earthquake Information Centre in Colorado, said the quakes appeared to be aftershocks from the November tremor. Many people are still living in temporary homes and tents.

"It's ongoing activity there".

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The November quake hit hardest in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, which is only 80km from where most of Thursday's earthquakes struck.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. The epicentre of the quake is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province.

Late Thursday afternoon, another 4.8 magnitude quake struck in Kerman, according to the USGS.

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