Strong quake hits Iraq-Iran border region

A map showing an earthquake in the Iran-Iraq border region

A strong 7.2-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iraq and Iran, with several deaths reported.

The quake struck in the evening local time in Iraq south-west of the town of Halabja at a depth of 33.9km, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.

It was felt in the Iraqi capital Baghdad and several provinces in Iran.

At least six people were killed in the Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin, state media said.

Iranian news channel IRINN says rescue teams have been despatched to western parts of the country.

“Damage has been reported in at least eight villages,” Morteza Salim, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organisation, told the channel.

“Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunication system has also been disturbed.”

Kurdish TV also said many people in the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region fled their homes when it struck but there were no initial reports of casualties.

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