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Magnitude 5.2 earthquake rocks Iran’s west, no casualties

April 1, 2019

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s seismology center says a magnitude 5.2 earthquake has rocked the country’s west on the Iran-Iraq border.

The Monday report says the quake hit near the town of Sumar in Kermanshah province, some 690 kilometers (430 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran.

Iranian media reported no deaths or injuries in the sparsely populated area.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered 31 kilometers (19 miles) southeast of the Iraqi town of Mandali, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles).

Two more aftershocks hit in less than an hour, which the USGS says were magnitude 4.9 and 4.4.

In November, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck a nearby area, injuring over 500 people.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average.