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5.9 magnitude earthquake shakes West Iran




At least two people were killed and 241 others injured when a 5.9 earthquake hit Kermanshah province in western Iran on Sunday, the news agency IRNA reported.

The epicenter of the quake was 6 miles from Tazehabad and 19 miles from Javanrud. Both cities are near the Iranian-Iraqi border. The earthquake occurred at a depth of about 10 kilometers.

The Iranian Disaster and Natural Disaster Agency told state Press TV that five rescue teams had been sent to the area. The residents of Baghdad in neighboring Iraq told CNN that the capital was shaken. Baghdad is 342 kilometers or more than 200 miles from the Iranian border.

"Oh my god, my furniture moved across the floor," said one resident. "I had to call and check if all my relatives were okay."

"Literally, the bed shook," said another.

The earthquake was first quantified by the US Geological Survey at 6.1.

More than an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 near the Iran-Iraq border was shattered in November 2017, more than 400 people were killed.

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