Magnitude 4.7 quake hits western Iran


Baghdad/Ankara: An natural disaster jolted the Iran-Iraq border region on Thursday at around 10 a.m. (0700 GMT), causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

Four people suffered minor injuries in Iran, state television reported.

A scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that so far, seven separate earthquakes have struck along the Iran-Iraq border area in the morning hours.

The USGS says the preliminary magnitude of six of the temblors was at least 5, while the seventh was a magnitude 4. Earthquakes that register as 5 are considered moderate. The depth of the epicentre was around 10 km. Earthquakes at magnitude 5 can cause considerable damage.

It is unclear how much damage was inflicted by Thursday's natural disaster as the epicenter hit one of the most vulnerable areas in Iran's Kurdish region.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines. There is no information about injured people and destroyed buildings.