Strong earthquake jolts northern Iraq near Iranian border

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale has hit northern part of Iraq near border with Iran. According, to the US Geological Survey (USGS) The quake happened on Sunday, 103 kilometers (64 miles) southeast of the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaymaniyah, it added.


Iraqi officials say the quake killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150, but the figures will be updated.

“Four people were killed by the earthquake” in Darbandikhan, said the town’s mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan. Another two people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70 kilometers south of Darbandikhan.

Kermanshah province governor Houshang Bazvand has said that seven people had died in the quake. “According to the latest toll, six people were killed in Qasr-e Shirin and one in Azgaleh,” he added. Another official with the governor’s office says about 30 people have been killed and over 200 injured.
According to reports, the quake and its aftershocks have been felt in many Iranian provinces, including Kordestan, Kermanshah, Ilam, Khuzestan, Hamedan, West Azarbaijan, East Azarbaijan, Lorestan, Tehran, Qazvin, Zanjan and Qom.

A number of aftershocks followed the seismic, including two 4.9- and 4-magnitude ones, which hit near Iraq’s border with Iran’s western Kermanshah Province.

The quake has been also felt in other regional countries such as Turkey, Kuwait, Armenia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Bahrain.

According to National Disaster Management Organization of Iran, power cuts and disruption of the internet service have been reported in Kermanshah Province while houses in some western Iranian villages have been damaged to various degrees.


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