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5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

5.1 magnitude earthquake rocks southern Iran

In November, a major 7.3 magnitude natural disaster struck the same region, killing over 530 people and injuring thousands in Iran alone.

In November, a magnitude 7.3 natural disaster struck the same border region between Iran and Iraq, killing 530 people and injuring more than 9,000.

The US Geological Survey said seven quakes struck near the Iraqi city of Mandali and an eighth struck near Mehran in western Iran. Earthquakes that register as 5 are considered moderate.

It says the quake's depth was eight kilometers, or 5 miles.

ISNA said the five injured were in Kermanshah province, and state television reported no major damage.

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Baldwin, speaking from Golden, Colorado, said that "it's ongoing activity there". On Nov. 12, on the Iran-Iraq border there were two stronger quakes with magnitude 7.2 and 7.3 at the Richter. While Iranian government has offered loans for those affected to rebuild their homes, many still live in tents or temporary shipping containers-style homes and face the rains and cold of winter.

Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes in recent weeks. The epicentre of the quake is said to be located close to the village of Hojedk in Kerman province.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Besides, a 5.4-magnitude quake jolted Zarneh region in Iran's Ilam province.