3 moderate earthquakes rattle Iran


TEHRAN: A series of moderate earthquakes shook Iran yesterday but there were no immediate reports of victims or damage. The strongest of the three quakes, measuring magnitude 5.6, hit the western province of Kermanshah near the border with Iraq at 10:29 am (0659 GMT), according to the Iranian seismology centre.

It was followed by a 5.4-magnitude tremor in the same region. Earlier in the morning, a 5.1-magnitude quake had rattled Kerman province in southern Iran.

Iranian state television said emergency teams had been deployed in the affected areas but reported no casualties or damage.

Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes in recent weeks. On November 12, a 7.3-magnitude quake killed 620 people in Kermanshah and eight in Iraq. —Agencies