Two earthquakes hit Kurdistan, tremors felt in multiple cities

Two different earthquakes hit the Kurdistan Region on Monday, in Sulaimani province and the city of Khanaqin.
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ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – Two different earthquakes hit the Kurdistan Region on Monday, in Sulaimani province and the city of Khanaqin.

Though residents said they felt the tremors, no casualties have yet been reported.

In a statement, Sulaimani’s Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology said that a 4.3 magnitude earthquake hit Sulaimani at 10:20 pm local time.

The statement added that people reported being able to feel the ground shake in Rania, Qaladze, and other surrounding areas in the region. 

The second earthquake, according to the Kurdistan Region's Directorate of Meteorology and Seismology, hit the city of Khanaqin, in Diyala Province, and was measured at a magnitude of 4.6 on government seismometers.

On Nov. 12, a devastating 7.3-magnitude earthquake rocked the border areas of the Kurdistan Region and Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat). Nine civilians were killed in the Kurdistan Region, with scores more injured. The locations most affected were Sulaimani, Halabja, and surrounding areas. 

Over the past few months, multiple earthquakes have hit the region, causing, in addition to human casualties, substantial property damage. As a result, some people have moved to areas they feel will be safer from future earthquakes.

Editing by John J. Catherine