0838 GMT February 22, 2018
The number of people who lost their lives in Kermanshah’s strong earthquake is still rising after nearly one month.
According to Iranian Legal Medicine Organization on Saturday, the death toll has risen to 579, IRNA reported.
On November 12, the 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck villages and towns in Iran’s western Kermansheh Province along the mountainous border with Iraq.
On Tuesday, at least 30 people were injured after another earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale jolted Iran’s northern province of Gilan.
Elsewhere in the country, a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit areas near Hajdak village in Kerman Province last Friday.
Criss-crossed by several major fault lines, Iran is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake in Kerman Province killed 31,000 people, flattening the ancient city of Bam.