Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Some Iranian villages damaged by quake of 7.3 in Iraq

An earthquake rattled the Iran Iraq border on Nov. 12 2017 Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran
Saul Franklin | 13 November, 2017, 00:55

At least four people died in Iraq and several were killed across the border in Iran on Sunday when a strong quake hit the region, officials and state media in the two countries said.

Iranian TV said Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq's side of the border from Sunday's quake.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted. There was extensive structural damage to buildings and homes.

The last major quake to hit the region was in 1927 - a 6.2-magnitude tremor that killed 500 people and injured another 700.

In Iran, the ISNA news agency said that the natural disaster was felt in several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz.

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Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.

One killed, another 100 were injured in Iraq as a result of the quake on the Iran-Iraq border, a source in the health sector of the Iraqi province of Diyala told.

Rudaw reported 50 people hurt in Darbandikhan, about 20 miles southeast of Sulaimani.

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