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Hundreds injured in western Iran earthquake

Iran sits on major seismic faults and on average experiences an earthquake per day [AFP]

Date of publication: 26 November, 2018

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Iranian authorities have said that there were no fatalities from Sunday evening's earthquake in Kermanshah province.

Iranian authorities said on Monday that the number of injured in the magnitude 6.3 earthquake in western Iran the previous night has risen to 716. No fatalities were reported from the temblor.

According to state television, most of the injured were immediately released from hospitals and suffered only slight injuries in the quake on Sunday night. Television reports said 37 people remained hospitalised.

It said more than 160 aftershocks occurred in the region, including two quakes stronger than magnitude 5. Dozens of rescue teams and several rescue dogs were deployed to the region.

Dr. Hossein Rahnimi, the head of a local hospital, said many of the injured also suffered panic attacks.

The earthquake struck western Iran near its border with Iraq, damaging buildings and sending fearful residents running into the streets. As it occurred just after 8pm in Iran, most were still awake and able to quickly flee.

It hit near the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province, which was the epicenter of an earthquake last year that killed more than 600 people. Some displaced people still remain homeless as a result of last year's earthquake.

That earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3 and also injured more than 9,000 people.

The region, nestled in the Zagros Mountains, largely rebuilt in recent decades after Iran and Iraq's ruinous 1980s war, saw many buildings collapse or sustain major damage in the 2017 quake.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences an earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southern Iran, killing 26,000 people.

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