Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Kills At Least 6 In Iraq, Injures 150

13 November, 2017, 00:40 | Author: Ora Austin
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A 7.2 magnitude quake has hit near the Iran-Iraq border.

The quake took place along a 1,500km fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq, the US Geological Survey said.

Iranian state television said the quake which have also strong aftershocks, damaged 8 villages and cut electricity in a number of towns and villages near the quake-hit areas.

Iranian social media was abuzz with area people evacuating their homes.

In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.

A powerful natural disaster that rocked northeastern Iraq on Sunday killed at least six people and injured 150 others in the country, officials said.

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There was no immediate information on damages or casualties in Israel or elsewhere.

Many residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.

Some have spoken of having felt the tremor in Kuwait.

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

There has been no official report from Iraq's government.

There were similar scenes in Erbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, and across other cities in northern Iraq, close to the quake's epicenter.

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