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Over 200 killed in 7.3-magnitude earthquake between Iran and Iraq

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 207 people and injuring about 2,...

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 207 people and injuring about 2,500. 

The quake hit at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) about 19 miles (30km) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

It occurred at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles), and tremors were felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Iran sits across major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes.

One aid agency said 70,000 people needed emergency shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year.

Most of those who died were in Iran's western Kermanshah province, officials told state media.
At least six more were reported to have died in Iraq, where people fled into the streets in the capital, Baghdad.

Mosques in the city have been broadcasting prayers through loudspeakers.

The town's main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded, state TV IRINN reported.

Rescue teams were being hampered by landslides, Iran's emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand told state TV.

On the Iraqi side, the most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75km (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan Region.


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