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Iran: Over 600 People Injured In 6.4-Magnitude Earthquake

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| November 26 , 2018 , 14:47 IST

More Than 600 people were injured in the 6.4- magnitude earthquake that struck in western Iran's Kermanshah province, authorities said on Monday.

According to media reports, Iranian authorities said that they had yet to discover any fatalities resulting from the quake, which occurred in the same area where a quake a year earlier killed 600 and injured more than 9,000 others.

According to the Iranian Seismological Centre, the epicentre of the earthquake, which took place on Sunday night in Sar Pol Zahab city, lied at a depth of 7 km, 34.38 degrees north latitude and 45.70 degrees east longitude.

Also, Iran's National Gas Company said in a statement that pipelines have been broken in Sar Pol Zahab and Gasr-e Shirin cities.

People should not be concerned about the gas supply, the announcement said. Iran's National Gas Company has started fuel supplies to people in the quake-hit area, it added.

The Head of Iran’s state emergency department Pir Hossein Kolivand in the media said that most of the injured were hurt while fleeing – not due to earthquake damage.

"Fortunately, the quake was not near bigger cities," Ali Moradi, the head of Iran’s seismology centre, told local TV news. "But it might have caused damage in villages and I hope there are not many villages located where it hit."

All the schools and universities in Kermanshah province remained closed on Monday.

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The quake was also felt in the neighbouring provinces of Lorestan and Ilam and Kordestan, as well as in the border areas of Iraq.

At least 161 aftershocks, ranging from 2.4 to 5.2 magnitude, have been registered in the region so far.

Earlier in November 2017, 211 people died in a magnitude-7.3 earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border.