3.4 magnitude quake hits Kurdistan Region


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SULAIMANI — A 3.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Kurdistan Region on Monday (September 17), the Region’s meteorology and seismology office said.

The General-Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology of the Kurdistan Region said in a statement that it had registered the quake at the depth of seven kilometers at 12:26 p.m. on Monday.   

The epicenter was located 40 kilometers from Azmar Mountain in the city of Sulaimani, the statement read.

Though some of the city’s residents felt it, the quake caused no damage.

Another earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 on the Richter scale rattled the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday, according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

The epicenter of that quake was located 19 kilometers southeast of Sulaimani at a depth of two kilometers, it said.

Earthquakes intermittently strike the Kurdistan Region.

On November 12 at 9:18 p.m. (18:18 UTC), northeastern Iraq experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake. The epicenter of that quake was located 32 kms from the city of Halabja.

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health and the WHO, nine people died and 535 others were injured in the earthquake in Iraq.