Huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iraq near Iran border – at least seven dead


At minute six people have died and many more have been communistic injured in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin, according to allege TV.

Meanwhile in Kurdistan, local health officials have confirmed one being has died while 50 others have been left maltreated by the quake.

Some social media users in Israel, Turkey and the Agreed Arab Emirates (UAE) have also reported feeling tremors.

The earthquake hit at 9:18pm resident time (6.18pm GMT) at a depth of 33 kilometres.

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The earthquake reached close to Iraq’s eastern border with Iran

One TV station promulgated: «The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq … Eight villages were billed… Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams require been dispatched to those areas.»

An official from the Iraqi Meteorology rely on said that the earthquake was felt across the country, including the ripsnorting Baghdad, but put the magnitude at around 6.5.

Iraqi media is reporting that the stagger was felt in several cities and has damaged at least eight villages, while thousands of in the flesh are thought to be without power.

In Iran, the country’s seismological centre explained a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Azgaleh.

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


Mantle people arrive at a hospital in Sulaymaniyah

Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the means’s Salihiya district with her three children, said: “I was sitting with my kids attired in b be committed to dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air.

«I thought at first that it was a large bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming ‘Earthquake!'»

Qubad Talabani, the Alternate Prime Minister of Kurdistan, expressed his fears and condolences.

He said: «A actual earthquake has just added to the political, security, humanitarian and economic earthquakes to bear hit Kurdistan & Iraq.


One social media user positioned this image of a shop devastated by the quake

«Praying everyone troubled is safe and unharmed.»

Social media users have posted personifications and videos of people coming out into the streets cities across the Gap region just moments after the quake struck.

Earthquakes are visit in the region — Iran is located on a major fault line and has suffered a variety of devastating quakes in recent years.

A 6.6 magnitude quake clouted in 2003, which flattened the southeastern city of Bam and killed more than 25,000 man.


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