News ID: 207992
Published: 0816 GMT January 12, 2018

13 wounded in Western Iran quakes: Official

13 wounded in Western Iran quakes: Official

Dozens of aftershock in the western Kermanshah Province of Iran have left at least 13 people wounded, a local official said on Friday.

Sumar, a border region in Gilan-e Gharb county in Kermanshah Province has been rocked by more than 70 tremors since Thursday morning until this morning, with the biggest magnitude of 5.6 in the morning, IRNA reported.

Acting Governor of Gilan-e Gharb Farhad Hemmati said that 13 people were injured, and some buildings in the city of Gilan-e Gharb have been seriously damaged.

“The aftershocks hitting the area on Friday morning also destroyed some residential units as well as barns in villages near the city.

“Members of the Disaster Management Center in the region are on full alert, and assessment teams have been dispatched to investigate the damages inflicted on towns and cities.

Last November, Kermanshah was rocked when a major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit the Ezgeleh region killing at least 620 people and injuring over 12,000.

Gilan-e Gharb, home to 72,000 people, lies on the western part of Kermanshah Province.

Light quake jolts Iran's Kerman

A 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit an area in the southern Iranian Province of Kerman Friday morning leaving no casualties and damages.

According to the seismological center affiliated to Tehran University's Geophysics Institute, the quake jolted an area near Hojdak at 6:33 a.m. local time (3:03 am GMT), with an epicenter at 57.43 degrees longitude, 30.72 degrees latitude, and a depth of10 km.

The people in the quake-stricken area have been settled in tents and make-shift shelters since December, Spokesman for Kerman's Disaster Management Center Mostafa Mousavi told IRNA.

He said there was no report of damage or casualty.

Hojdak, in Ravar region, lies in the center north of Kerman Province.

A series of light to moderate tremors have been jolting the area in recent days. Three earthquakes with the magnitudes of 4.1, 5.1 and 5.2 hit the area in Province of Kerman, respectively on Wednesday and Thursday.



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