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Two Earthquakes Jolt Western Iran Kermanshah Province

Iranians salvage a rug as they bring it down from a damaged building in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Kermanshah province near the border with Iraq, on November 14, 2017. File photo

Iran's state-run news agency says two consecutive earthquakes, magnitude 4.4 and 4.9, have jolted the country's western province of Kermanshah.

IRNA's report says the first quake was at a depth of 10 kilometers, the second at 11 kilometers around 8 local time Wednesday morning.

U.S. Geological Survey said it registered a magnitude 4.7 and a magnitude 4.5 temblor, about 12 kilometers northwest and 23 kilometers southwest of the town of Sarpol-e Zahab.

There were no immediate reports on casualties or damages. Kermanshah's governor said damage assessment teams are surveying the area.

In November 2017, a magnitude 7.2 quake struck a nearby area, killing more than 600 people and injuring thousands.

The extensive damage to residential buildings caused by that earthquake has still not been repaired and thousands live in makeshift camps.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

With reporting by AP