Magnitude 7.2 quake shakes Halabjah, Iraq

by Ray Hunter November 13, 2017, 0:42
Magnitude 7.2 quake shakes Halabjah, 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. Eight villages were damaged ...

There were similar scenes in Irbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, and across other cities in northern Iraq, close to the quake's epicenter. "Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", the report said.

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Photos and videos of extensive damage in both Iran and Iraq poured in on social media shortly after the natural disaster.

A 5.7 magnitude natural disaster near Iran's border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported.

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Initial reports said a number of villages have been damaged and a number of people have lost their lives in western town of Qasr-e Shirin. Two more people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70km south of Darbandikhan.

The quake was felt in many Iraqi provinces in the north and central regions, including the Iraqi capital Baghdad, witnesses said.

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Some social media users in Israel, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have also reported feeling tremors.


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