Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Magnitude 4.7 natural disaster hits western Iran

Magnitude 4.7 natural disaster hits western Iran

Electricity and internet services were not interrupted in the Iraqi capital.

An after-shake of 5.4-magnitude quake shook Soomar again at 11:07 a.m. local time (0737 GMT) on Thursday.

An natural disaster of magnitude 4.7 on the Richter scale was registered in the western part of Iran, the Euro-Mediterranean seismic center reported. "If there was a stressed fault that's ready to move, they happen like that until the stresses are relieved, so it's not too unusual".

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The depth of the epicentre was around 10 km. People in Soomar rushed to the streets in panic, state IRIB TV said.

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On November 13 a powerful magnitude 7.3 quake devastated the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, making it the deadliest quake of 2017. The quake was felt in several Iranian cities and eight villages were damaged.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or property damage caused by the quake near the western city of Kermanshah. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes.

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