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Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes near Halabjah, Iraq

13 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit near the Iran Iraq border

Local media reported that eight villages in Iran had been damaged by the quake and rescue teams had been sent to those areas.

Scores of people were injured in the border city of Qasr-e Shirin in Iran, state TV reported.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were also impacted.

Iran is prone to near daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Iran's semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency says at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected. "An natural disaster this size can produce significant damage, especially as this region, where the population resides in structures that are highly vulnerable to quake shaking".




It was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and sometimes for longer in other provinces of Iraq.

According to the seismologic centre of the University of Tehran, the quake was magnitude-7.3 and happened in Ezgeleh village near the Iranian city of Kermanshah.

Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in the street after the quake hit.

Iraqi Kurds visit a monument for the victims killed in a gas attack by former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in 1988 in the Kurdish town of Halabja on March 16, 2014.

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