Enormous 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Middle East – casualties reported

Sunday, August 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

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

By Douglas Patient
DailyStar.co.uk
26th August 2018

The shallow earthquake was felt as far away as Iraqi capital Baghdad.

It struck around 20 miles from Javanrud, Kermanshah province, at a depth of about six miles, USGS reports.

A number of people suffered injuries in the quake and were rushed to hospital in Javanrud, Press TV reports.

Reports on social media suggest that at least one person has died and around 20 have been wounded so far.

The shake was also felt in Kurdistan, according to reports.

Two aftershocks above 3.0 on the Richter scale were also recorded, according to the Tasnim news agency.

Last November, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck villages and towns in Kermansheh province along the mountainous border with Iraq.

It killed at least 530 people and injured thousands of others.

It was Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.

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