Magnitude quake jolts Iran-Iraq border area

Marsha Scott
November 13, 2017

At least six people were killed in an Iranian town on the border with Iraq on Sunday from a powerful quake that hit the area, Iranian state television reported.

At least eight villages were damaged in Iran after the quake Iran's state TV reported.

Faramarz Akbari, governor of the Iranian city of Ghasr-e Shirin, said that six people had died and scores more injured, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the quake.

Many residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic. The centre was reported by the USGS to be in the southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniya province, close to the Iranian border. "I thought at first that it was a huge bomb".

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The most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75 kilometers (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah, and more than 30 people were injured in the town. But then I heard everyone around me screaming "Earthquake!"'.

Photos posted by a person from Iran show a shattered building and cracked walls in the city of Baneh in west Iran.

The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, USGS said.

A powerful quake has struck large parts of northern Iraq and the capital Baghdad, also causing damage in a number of villages across the border in Iran where local media said at least six people had been killed.

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