Moderate quake jolts Iran’s west

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An Iranian semi-official news agency is reporting that a 5.1 magnitude earthquake has jolted the western region bordering Iraq.

Fars news agency reported Saturday the quake hit Ezgeleh district, which has a population of roughly 30,000 in western Kermanshah province.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 5.3 and said it also jolted Halabjah in Iraq, near the Iranian border.

The report says the epicenter of the earthquake was eight kilometers (5 miles) deep.

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damages.

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A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in November 2018 a nearby area and injured more than 500 people.

Iran is prone to frequent quakes as it sits on major fault lines. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in 2003, killing 26,000 people.

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