Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake Kills At Least 6 In Iraq, Injures 150

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near Halabjah, Iraq
Dexter Carr | 13 November, 2017, 00:40

At least four people died and dozens were wounded in Iraq, according to the Kurdistan Regional Government's Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed.

An natural disaster measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit has Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province, killing four persons and injuring 50 others, the media reported.

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

At least six people were killed in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin, Iran television said.

Iranian official says at least 30 people killed, more than 200 injured during quake on Iran-Iraq border region. Extensive damage has also been reported in countless villages, which have also seen telecommunication and power outages.

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The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3 at a shallow depth of 33 kilometres, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5, according to preliminary information.

The Washington Post adds that 2 more people have been reported dead thus far in Iran, and the number of dead is expected to rise as recovery operations continue.

The quake-hit area is also around 200km northeast of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.

It struck the area of Azgaleh in Kermanshah province at around 21:48 local time on Sunday.

The extent of damage and casualties remain to be seen.

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