The latest earthquake hit in the west of the Middle Eastern country in the same area that was starting to recover after more than 600 people were killed in the region in November. A number of aftershocks affected the area after the initial earthquake. The earthquake hit Iran’s western province of Kermanshah. The semiofficial ISNA news agency says the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 520 kilometers west of Tehran, was near the epicenter of the quake.

According to the state media’s report, the earthquake “affected an area of eight kilometers (five miles) and injured eight people.” However, in a contradictory statement, Kermanshan Province Governor Hushang Bazvand reported no damage or casualties. “Fortunately, after all the checks that have been made in the area, there are no reports yet of any damage or casualties,” he told state television. READ MORE