230 persons injured as Iran is hit by 5.9 magnitude earthquake

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The National reports that hundreds of people have been injured in a series of earthquakes in Western Iran, local officials said.

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit late last night injuring hospitalising more than 20 in the cities of Kermanshah province, according to Iranian Crisis Management Director. Others have been sent to other hospitals around the city, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.

The epicentre of the earthquake is less than 50 km from the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja. No injuries have been reported in Iraq.

Iranian authorities reported the quake was followed by 40 aftershocks and destroyed 80 houses in the west of the country.

According to the Seismological Centre of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University, an aftershock from the 5.9 earthquake hit the south of Iran but no injuries were reported.

Iran lies on a major fault line and is hit by earthquakes almost daily.

The two earlier earthquakes, with magnitudes of 4.7 and 5.7, damaged buildings in a few villages in Hormozgan without causing major casualties, Iranian media reported.

The United States Geological Survey measured the quake at magnitude 5.4.

Reports say the temblor rocked the town of Ruydar, in Hormozgan Province, early on July 22.

The town has about 10,000 residents and is located some 940 kilometers south of the Iranian capital.

Iran is prone to regular earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines

Earthquakes along the fault lines in Iran and in Pakistan can be felt as far away as the GCC and cause tsunamis to crash along cities of the Arabian Gulf.

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