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Star on the map shows the epicentre of the quake that struck Iran. (KUNA)
Kuwait rocks on Iran-Iraq border quake 250 injured in Iran

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 18: Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) announced that an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 on the Richter Scale struck Iran at a location about 594 kms away from north of Kuwait, which shook the Iranian- Iraqi border areas and was experienced in some parts of Kuwait. Director of Environmental Disasters Department and Supervisor of the National Seismic Agency at KISR Dr Abdullah Al-Enezi said the agency recorded an earthquake of 5.0 magnitude and 10 kilometers depth at around 8:25am Kuwait time.

He revealed that two aftershocks of magnitude 3.5 were experienced at the epicenter in the Zagros Mountain, which is a seismically-active region. Meanwhile, the International Seismic Monitoring Agencies announced that an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 on the Richter scale was experienced at Abdanan near the Iraqi-Iranian border at around 5:32am on Monday. The earthquake was followed by seven aftershocks of magnitude ranging from 4.5 to 5.6 at 11:05 am.

A strong 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the province of Ilam in western Iran on Monday, injuring at least 250 people and causing extensive damage to buildings, Iranian media said. The US Geological Survey, reporting the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, said it struck 36 kms (22 miles) southeast of the city of Abdanan, near the border with Iraq. According to state television, the quake occurred at 7:02 am (0232 GMT) near the town of Mour-Mouri. “Fortunately there have been no reports of deaths so far but there have been injuries and a great deal of material damage,” a Red Cross official told the television.

The chief of the crisis committee for the area, Ahmad Karami, later said 250 people had been injured in the quake. In the village of Mour-Mouri, a number of homes and public buildings were damaged, according to the official IRNA news agency.

It added that damage also occurred in eight nearby villages. A number of people spent the night outside their homes after at least 44 smaller tremors struck the area on Sunday, media reported. Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. In April last year, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck southeastern Iran and neighbouring Pakistan, killing 40 people. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel. Monday’s quake was also felt in neighboring provinces. The US Geological Survey put the quake’s magnitude at 6.3.

By: By Khaled Al-Hattab Al-Seyassah Staff and Agencies

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