Natural disaster of magnitude 5.6 strikes western Iran

The tremor was felt in both Iraq and Iran but seems to have not caused any serious damage

Earthquakes at magnitude 5 can cause considerable damage.

In November, a 7.2 magnitude quake hit western Iran, killing more than 600 people.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS' National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, said the earthquakes all appeared to be aftershocks from the November temblor.

The U.S. Geological Survey said five of the quakes struck near the Iraqi city of Mandali, followed by one that struck near Mehran in western Iran.

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The epicenter of the quake was 31 km west of Kerinshah at a depth of 10 km.

The area is in the sparsely populated and remote Zagros Mountains that divide Iraq and Iran and is home to many shallow faults, he said.

Iranian media are reporting that a magnitude 5.1 quake has jolted the country's southern province of Kerman.

An natural disaster of the magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale has jolted Iran's southeastern province of Kerman.

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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.

The temblors hit on Thursday morning, were felt far and wide and even rattled the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

According to Iran's official news agency IRNA, the quake rocked the village of Hojdaknear the city of Ravar. No injuries or damage were reported.

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