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Magnitude-7.3 Quake Hits Iran-Iraq Border

13 November 2017

On Sunday in Iraq, a massive quake measuring 7.3 in magnitude rocked the northern part of the country near Haliabia, a city in northeastern Iraq near the Iran border.

The temblor was centred 32km southwest of Halabja, Iraq, near the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey said.

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

Like most quakes that strike the region, this one was shallow, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the USGS's National Earthquake Information Center.

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

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

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Witnesses said buildings being evacuated as they shook violently.

One killed, another 100 were injured in Iraq as a result of the natural disaster on the Iran-Iraq border, a source in the health sector of the Iraqi province of Diyala told. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'"

Residents of Turkey's south-eastern city of Diyarbakir also reported feeling a strong tremor, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the city.

A collapsed building is seen on top of a crushed auto in a photo taken in Kermanshah Province in Iran.

The closest cities in the area are Tazeabad, 25km and Bayangan, 37km away from the epicenter and the provincial capital city of Kermanshah is 122 km away.

Magnitude-7.3 Quake Hits Iran-Iraq Border