7.2 magnitude quake rocks northern Iraq

Posted November 13, 2017

Meanwhile, the quake was reported to be magnitude-7.2 according to the United States Geological Survey and magnitude-7.6 according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

It initially said the quake, centred 103 kms southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

Iranian media gave contradictory figures on the number of people killed in the quake. Eight villages were damaged ...

The city is located in northern Iraq, close the country's eastern border with Iran.

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

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

Many residents in the Iraqi capital 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.

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"I thought at first that it was a huge bomb".

A collapsed building is seen on top of a crushed vehicle in a photo taken in Kermanshah Province in Iran.

As a result of the natural disaster, 138 people were injured in Iran, the figure may increase, the dead data is not yet available, a source in the Iranian Red Crescent told RIA Novosti.

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