An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 has shaken western Iran, 114km northwest of the city of Ilam, near its border with Iraq. At least 115 were injured in Sarpol-e Zahab and the neighbouring Gilan-e Gharb city. No casualty has been reported so far. The quake struck the same area where another tremor killed over 600 people last year.
Morteza Salimi of Iran’s Red Crescent told state TV that since the area was reconstructed after the last year’s quake, officials hope there won’t be casualties.
Ali Moradi, head of Iran’s seismology centre, told state TV “the quake was not near bigger cities. But it might have caused damage in villages and I hope not that many villages are located where it hit.“
The 6.3 earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Iran state TV gave the depth as 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). Such shallow earthquakes have broader damage.
The Iraqi state media said the tremor was felt in capital Baghdad and in Erbil in the Kurdistan region.
People were seens running out of their homes in Kurdistan:
The tremor were even felt in Kuwait City:
The earthquake struck near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province, where another quake, with a magnitude of 7.3, killed over 600 people last year. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southern Iran, killing 26,000 people.