Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS

Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes in Iran: USGS ... 13/12/2017 News

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck northeast of Kerman, a provincial capital in Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the quake, which hit at a depth of 57 km (35 miles).
The epicenter of the quake was near the town of Ezgeleh, Iran, but the shake was felt in Kermanshah, Radyo Inquirer 990 AM reported.
According to the Iranian Seismological Center, the quake had a depth of 10 kilometers.
While Iranian media reported the quake at 6.0 magnitude, the US Geological Survey (USGS) measured it at magnitude at 5.4.
The USGS said that the quake struck Halabjah, Iraq at 10:09 p.m. (local time) and had a depth of 17 kilometers.
Both the Iranian media and USGS did not issue any casualties.
Last November, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the same Iran-Iraq border that killed 530 people, reports said. /cbb
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major faults that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
The Iranian plateau is subject to most types of tectonic activity, including active folding, faulting and volcanic eruptions. It is well known for its long history of disastrous earthquake activity. Not only have these earthquakes killed thousands, but they have also led to waste of valuable natural resources. Since 1900, at least 126,000 fatalities have resulted from earthquakes in Iran.
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