Earthquakes in western Iran kill 2, injure 241

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A man gestures inside a damaged building following an earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran. REUTERS/Tasnim News Agency

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Three earthquakes, included one at magnitude 6, have struck western Iran, with state media reporting at least two people killed and 241 injured.

The U.S. Geological Survey said two other earthquakes, measuring 4.4 and 4.2 magnitude, struck early Sunday near the city of Javanrud in Iran’s Kermanshah province.

The majority of the casualties were in the city of Tazehabad, northeast of Kermanshah, according to the state media,Tasnim.

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Two aftershocks above 3.0 on the Richter scale were also recorded.

The quake was felt as far away as Baghdad, according to Iraqi state television, which also said there were no injuries recorded.

The Red Crescent Society of Kermanshah province has dispatched six teams of rescue operators to Tazeh Abad town and the affected villages.

Last November, a 7.3 magnitude quake struck villages and towns in Kermanshah province, along the mountainous border with Iraq, killing at least 530 people and injuring thousands of others. It was Iran’s deadliest earthquake in more than a decade.

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