Powerful 7.6 Magnitude Quake Occurs on Iran-Iraq Border

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran

Turkey rushed to help victims of Iraq's 7.2 on the Richter scale natural disaster late Sunday with thousands of supplies and humanitarian aid.

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

There were similar scenes in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, and across other cities in northern Iraq.

Four people were killed in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya told CNN.


A Rudaw TV news anchor interviewed a guest in the Kurdish city of Sulaimani in northeastern Iraq when the studio was hit by the quake.

Iraq's interior minister ordered civil defence and fire fighting crews to be on high alert after the quake.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. Media gave contradictory casualty figures.

Local sources said the quake with a depth of 33 kilometers was felt in border towns in Iran and Turkey. More than 50 people were injured in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 were hurt in Khanaquin city. At least eight villages have been damaged. "Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", the report said.

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