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Map of Jan. 6 2017 earthquake in Kermanshah Province, Iran

A serious earthquake struck the Kurdish city of Sar Pol-e Zahab at 6:55 pm local time Saturday evening in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, around 320 miles west of Tehran, right on the Iran-Iraq border, registering 5.0-magnitude on the Richter scale, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The earthquake was reported at a depth of about five miles – a relatively shallow depth which usually leads to more damage.


Initial date indicates at least 21 people were injured, according to the head of the local medical treatment network, the state-run IRNA news agency reported.

Two were hospitalized so far.

Five aftershocks shook the region between 6:50 pm and around 9:00 pm local time, with the quakes being felt as far away as Gilan-e Gharb and Qasr-e Shirin.

On November 12, 2017, a deadly 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck an area just 32 kilometers from Sarpol-e Zahab, leaving 620 dead and 12,386 wounded, according to IRNA.

Since that time, a total of 1,600 aftershocks have struck Kermanshah Province, with 10 cities and 1,930 villages across the province damaged as a result.

Iran declined to accept help from any foreign nation.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.