Iraq hit by 7.3 magnitude quake close to Iran border

Aaron Brown
November 13, 2017

Meanwhile, the natural disaster was reported to be magnitude-7.2 according to the United States Geological Survey and magnitude-7.6 according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck 15.5 miles beneath the surface about 20 miles from Halabjah, Iraq.

The state-controlled television said at least eight villages were damaged.

Faramarz Akbari, governor of the Iranian city of Ghasr-e Shirin, said that six people had died and scores more injured, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

There are reports of injuries and casualties due to the quake.

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

Tremors could be felt as far away as in the UAE after a 7.3 magnitude quake struck Northern Iraq. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'". The Washington Post adds that 2 more people have been reported dead thus far in Iran, and the number of dead is expected to rise as recovery operations continue.

The quake struck the mountainous area of Sulaimaniyah province at around 9.18 pm (6.18pm GMT) at a depth of 21 miles, the monitor said.

Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.

The tremors were felt across the Middle East, including Israel and Turkey.

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