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7.3 magnitude quake rocks northern Iraq, Iran

13-11-2017 | 10:11        

  

An earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rocked northern Iraq and Iran, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Sunday evening according to Anadolu Agency.

At least 141 died and 866 others were injured in Iran's bordering regions, especially in Kermanshah province in west, state news agency IRNA reported, citing local officials.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, and 103 kilometres (64 miles) southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah, at a depth of 33 kilometers, and hit at 9:18 p.m. local time (1818GMT), said the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Deputy Governor of Kermanshah earlier announced that the death toll was 129 people and around 1000 were injured, according to semi-official Fars news agency.

Initially, six people were announced dead in the border town of Qasr-e Shirin in Kermanshah Province in Iran's west, according to Iran's state news agency IRNA and the semi-official Fars news agency.

According to Iraqi media, the earthquake damaged buildings in certain areas of Kirkuk and Sulaymaniyah.