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One killed, 140 injured as 6.1 earthquake hits western Iran

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

At least one person has been killed and over 140 people wounded following a 6.1-magnitude earthquake in western Iran.

According to the US Geological Survey said the shallow quake struck about 88 kilometers west-northwest of Kermanshah on early Sunday. Some other sources put the magnitude of the quake at 5.9.

The quake was centered in the town of Tazehabad and was eight kilometers deep.

According to local sources, two aftershocks that followed the major quake were above 3.0 on the Richter scale.

The quake was felt as far away as Baghdad, Iraq, which has reported no damage or casualties.

Last November, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck villages and towns in Kermanshah province along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing at least 530 people and injuring thousands of others. It was Iran's deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.

 


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