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Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Iraq-Iran Border

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near Halabjah, Iraq
Howard Terry | 13 November, 2017, 00:28

Iranian state TV says a 7.2-magnitude natural disaster has jolted the region near the border between Iran and Iraq.

The temblor was centered 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Halabja, Iraq, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers (21 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

State TV said at least six people were killed and many others injured in the town of Qasr-e Shirin.

Many houses in rural parts of the province are made of mud bricks and are known to crumble easily in quake-prone Iran. The region where the quake struck sits upon one of several major fault lines in Iran, and although that country sees quakes nearly daily, the most deadly one in recent history struck in 2003 - a 6.6 magnitude quake that left 26,000 dead.

Iranian social media was abuzz with posts of people evacuating their homes, especially from the cities of Ghasr-e Shirin and Kermanshah.

In the province of Sulaimaniyah, located in Iraq's Kurdistan region, residents ran out onto the streets at the time of the quake and some property damage was recorded, an AFP reporter said.

'I thought at first that it was a huge bomb.

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

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