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5.0 magnitude quake jolts Iranian-Iraqi border, felt in Kuwait -- KISR

KUWAIT -- Director for Environmental Crises and Supervisor of the National Seismic Network at KISR Dr. Abdullah Al-Enizi told KUNA the network detected the quake on a depth of 10 kilometers, centered in the Zagros mountain range, which is a seismically-active region.

Dr. Al-Enizi added the quake was registered at 7:50 a.m. Kuwait local time.

A major earthquake struck the western Iranian city of Abdanan on Monday, leaving 60 people injured, state news agency IRNA said.


IRNA said the quake was magnitude 6.1 while the US Geological Survey (USGS) put it at 6.3.


Water, electricity, and telephone lines in Abdanan, located in the province of Ilam, have been cut, said IRNA. State television footage showed destroyed houses, buildings and cars in the city.


Aftershocks could be felt in three provinces including Ilam, Lorestan and Khuzestan, IRNA said.


The quake, at a depth of 6 miles (10 km), hit at 0232 GMT, according to the USGS. Iran sits on major geological faultlines and has suffered several big earthquakes in recent years.

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