5.1 magnitude natural disaster rocks Iran's western Kermanshah

Residents in Baghdad felt an initial quake followed by aftershocks

Eight earthquakes struck the Iran-Iraq border area Thursday in apparent aftershocks from a major quake that hit the same area in November.

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

Data from the USA natural hazards agency, which collects seismic activity from around the world, also detail two 4.3 magnitude earthquakes in the Diyala region, Iraq, close to the town of Mandali. However, there have been no reports of casualties or significant damage.

On November 12, a huge natural disaster measuring 7.2 magnitude hit Darbnandi-Khan area in Iraq's northern province of Sulaimaniyah, and left eight people killed and hundreds others injured. The quake had left around 328 people dead.

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The U.S. Geological Survey says three earthquakes with a magnitude of around 5 have struck along the Iran-Iraq border. In Iraq, nine people were killed and 550 were injured, according to the United Nations. The eighth hit near Mehran in western Iran, about 90km southeast of Mandali along the sparsely populated Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS' National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colorado, said the earthquakes all appeared to be aftershocks from the November temblor. Many people are still living in temporary homes and tents.

Iran sits on major seismic fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

An natural disaster of the magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale has jolted Iran's southeastern province of Kerman. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude quake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people, said reports. No injuries or damage were reported.

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