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Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Iraq-Iran Border


Iranian official says at least 30 people killed, more than 200 injured during natural disaster on Iran-Iraq border region.

Large parts of Iraq have been shaken by a 7.2 magnitude quake.

Iranian state media said it was felt in several provinces, with eight villages damaged and electricity cut.

Initial reports said a number of villages have been damaged and a number of people have lost their lives in western town of Qasr-e Shirin.

On its website, the USGS placed the quake's epicenter at about 19 miles south-southwest of the Iraqi city of Halabja.

A 12-year-old boy was killed and over 50 people were injured in Iraq, according to the official statements.




A Rudaw TV news anchor interviewed a guest in the Kurdish city of Sulaimani in northeastern Iraq when the studio was hit by the quake.

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

It wasn't immediately clear if there were casualties or how much damage the temblor caused.

Witnesses said buildings being evacuated as they shook violently. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'"

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

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