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Magnitude 5.9 quake jolts Iran's Kermanshah province, scores injured

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A 5.9-magnitude earthquake strikes the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale hits near the western Iranian city of Gilan-e Gharb in Kermanshah province leaving over 40 people injured.

According to University of Tehran’s Institute of Geophysics, the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers at 05:11 p.m. local time (1341 GMT) on Sunday.

The epicenter of the quake was located at 45.66 degrees longitude and 34.16 degrees latitude.

According to early reports 42 people have been treated as outpatients in three cities of Gilan-e Gharb, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab, none of them directly hurt as a result of the earthquake.

The quake was also felt in many nearby provinces while aftershocks are still rattling the area.

Emergency and rescue workers rushed to the quake-hit areas to carry out primary inspections and check on people.

The Iraqi city of Khanaqin has also been hit by three 4.1, 3.8 and 3.1 quakes.

On November 25, over 550 people were injured in a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake in western Iran, also felt in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.

The people wounded in an earthquake in Iran's Kermanshah province receive treatment on November 25, 2018. (Photo by IRNA)

The quake struck 17 km west of the Iranian city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah Province, 18 km from Qasr-e Shirin and 33 km from the city of Gilan-e-Gharb.

In November 2016, the same province was hit by a powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake, which killed hundreds of people.

The epicenter of 2017 quake was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran, but the highest casualties occurred in the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province.

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