6.1 earthquake strikes western Iran near Iraqi border

A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.1 has struck western Iran, near the border with Iraq, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake struck some 31 kilometers from Javanrud, Kermanshah province, at a depth of 10 kilometers, USGS reports. There were no immediate reports of major damage, but the powerful jolt was reportedly felt as far as the Iraqi capital Baghdad.

A number of people suffered injuries in the quake and were rushed to hospital in Javanrud, Press TV reports. Meanwhile, reports on social media suggest that at least one person has died, and around 20 have been reported wounded so far.

Unverified photos of the aftermath have been circulated on social media, although witnesses have warned that some of them might have been taken during last year’s deadly quake.

The same border area was rocked by a devastating earthquake last November, in which more than 600 people were killed and hundreds suffered injuries across Iran and Iraq.

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RT – Daily news

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