Quake of 5.1 magnitude jolts southern Iran

Eight Earthquakes Strike Iran-Iraq Border, Injuring 4

The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990, devastating many areas in the northern province of Gilan and killing around 37,000 people. The quake had left around 328 people dead.

Iranian media is reporting that a magnitude 5.1 natural disaster has jolted the country's western province of Kermanshah.

AFP correspondents said the quakes were also felt across Iraq and in Iraqi Kurdistan bordering Iran. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90km southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Iranian media are reporting that a magnitude 5.1 natural disaster has jolted the country's southern province of Kerman.

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It says the quake's depth was eight kilometers, or 5 miles.

At least four people were injured in several strong earthquakes in the western Iranian provinces of Kermanshah and Ilam on Thursday, state IRIB TV reported.

"It's ongoing activity there". Sarpol-e Zahab suffered half of the temblor's casualties. While Iranian government has offered loans for those affected to rebuild their homes, many still live in tents or temporary shipping containers-style homes and face the rains and cold of winter. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people, said reports.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Earthquakes of magnitude 5 and up to 5.9 are classified as moderate.

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