Quake on Iran-Iraq border injures more than 230 people

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran

At least six people have been killed by a major natural disaster that shook a large area on the Iran-Iraq border 217 miles north of Baghdad on Sunday, Iranian state TV reported according to The Independent.

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.

Local media reported that eight villages in Iran had been damaged by the quake and rescue teams had been sent to those areas.

A strong quake has hit large parts of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad, an Iraqi meteorology official says, while Iran has reportedly experience damage to villages.




Kurdish TV also said many people in Iraqi Kurdistan fled their homes when it struck but there were no initial reports of casualties. The University of Tehran has reported at least four aftershocks, the biggest of which was magnitude-4.6.

Many residents in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic. At least eight villages have been damaged.

Iran's IRNA news agency said water and electricity had been cut in some parts of the Western province of Kermanshah.

The epicenter of the quake was located 204 kilometers (127 miles) north-east of Iraq's Baghdad, and 108 kilometers west of Iran's Kermanshah at a depth of 10 kilometers.

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