Iraq hit by 7.3 magnitude natural disaster close to Iran border

Iraq hit by 7.3 magnitude natural disaster close to Iran border

Iraq hit by 7.3 magnitude natural disaster close to Iran border

A magnitude 7.4 quake hit an area at the Iranian-Iraqi border on Sunday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) reported.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, at a depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles), it said.

Shocks were felt in several Iranian cities, with eight villages damaged and electricity cut in others, local media said.

Six victims died in the Iranian border town of Qasr-e Shirin, regional Governor Faramarz Akbari told state television.

At least six people have reportedly died and around 150 have been injured following a major quake in parts of Iraq this evening.

A 7.2 magnitude natural disaster has hit near the Iran-Iraq border.

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"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo".

Many houses in rural parts of the province are made of mud bricks and are known to crumble easily in quake-prone Iran.

Health officials said most of the wounded were in Darbandikhan, 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of the major city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'".

Iraq's meteorology centre advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

Tremors have been felt as far as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, according to social reports.

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