Three magnitude-5 earthquakes strike Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad - USGS

"It's ongoing activity there", Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the USGS told The Associated Press.

Another one was 5.2 magnitude at about 10:14 a.m. (0714 GMT), with 10 km depth, close to the first near Mandly, the USGS said.

In November 2017, a powerful magnitude 7.3 natural disaster hit the border areas between the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and Iranian Kurdistan (Rojhilat), killing over 300 people.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Electricity and internet services were not interrupted in the Iraqi capital.

Iranian state television reported people rushed out into the streets amid the temblors.

Three magnitude-5 earthquakes strike Iran-Iraq border, rattle Baghdad - USGS

The region was rocked by a devastating quake last November, in which more than 400 people were killed and around 6,700 injured.

The natural disaster was felt in Erbil, Sulaimani, Kirkuk, and Halabja provinces.

The Iraqi state-run Iraqiya channel confirmed the earthquakes that were felt in the provinces of Baghdad, Diyala, Wasit and Salahudin, and that no casualties were reported.

Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on major fault lines. In November, a 7.2 magnitude quake hit western Iran, killing more than 600 people.

Vanessa Coleman

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