Iran 7.3 Earthquake: Full Story & Must-See Updates

USGSThe earthquake struck close to Iraq's eastern border with Iran

USGSThe earthquake struck close to Iraq's eastern border with Iran

A 7.2 magnitude quake jolted the the As-Sulaymaniyah region near the Iraq and Iran border on Sunday.

The quake was said to have a magnitude of 7.3, although earlier reports said it had been 7.2, according to Daily Mail.

A strong natural disaster that shook the Iran-Iraq border region yesterday killed at least 13 people, authorities and state media in the two countries said.

Several people posted videos of swaying light fixtures to social media. Eight villages were damaged ...

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

Many residents in Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

The quake's epicenter was located 32 kilometers north of the Iranian city of Sarpol-e Zahab and 100 kilometers southeast of Iraq's Sulaumaniyah at a depth of ten kilometers.

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

It struck the area of Azgaleh in Kermanshah province at around 21:48 local time on Sunday.

The district's main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, so the injured were being taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment.

Iraq's meteorology center advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

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