5.6 magnitude quake hits western Iran

Kermanshah, Jan 11, IRNA – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake rocked a region in the Iranian western Province of Kermanshah on Thursday morning, a local official said.

Head of Kermanshah seismological centre Farhad Forouzi told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that the quake hit the area of Sumar, on the borders of Kermnashah and Ilam provinces at 10:29 am local time (6:59 GMT).

The tremor's epicenter was registered about 13 km from Sumar, 43 km from Gilan-e Gharb and 139 km from the city of Kermanshah.

It was followed by three light to moderate aftershocks, he said.

'The exact magnitude of the aftershocks are yet to be specified,' Forouzi said.

Meanwhile, Gilan-e Gharb governor Farhad Hemmati told IRNA that there has been no report on possible damages of the quakes.


Another 4.7-magnitude earthquake hit Kermanshah on Wednesday.

Kermanshah is jolted by several earthquake since November 12, 2017 when a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the provincial city of Ezgeleh region killing at least 620 people and injuring over 12,000.

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