Western Iranian province jolted by two earthquakes

Damaged buildings in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 15, 2017, following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake. (AFP)

Iran’s state-run news agency says two consecutive earthquakes, magnitude 4.4 and 4.9, have jolted the country’s western province of Kermanshah.

IRNA’s report says the first quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, the second at 11 kilometers early on Wednesday morning.

US Geological Survey said it registered a magnitude 4.7 and a magnitude 4.5 temblor, about 12 kilometers northwest and 23 kilometers southwest of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab.

There were no immediate reports on casualties or damages.

Last November, a magnitude 7.2 quake struck a nearby area, injuring more than 500 people.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:59 - GMT 06:59