Seven dead as 7.3 magnitude natural disaster hits Iraq

Posted November 13, 2017

At least six people are dead following Sunday's 7.3 natural disaster near the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border.

"Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan told AFP.

He also added that 4,000 more blankets from Turkey's southeastern provinces Mus and Diyarbakir were directed to the Habur border gate.

A magnitude 7.2 quake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, with tremors reported in parts of central Israel.

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Iran is especially prone to nearly daily earthquakes because it sits astride many fault lines.

At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured, according to a state television in Iran.

The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the natural disaster.

It struck 32km (20mi) south-west of the Iraqi town of Halabja, the USGS said.

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Iranian social media was abuzz as people evacuated their homes.

Faramarz Akbari, a local official in the Iranian border city of Ghasr-e Shirin, reported the death toll to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, according to the Associated Press. A magnitude 6.6 devastated the historic city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people.

The quake has also been felt by Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, according to reports.

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