Huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Iraq near Iran border– a minimum of 6 dead
A MASSIVE 7.3-magnitude earthquake has actually been tape-recorded southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraq, near the border with Iran.
Express News Desk|UPDATED: Sunday, Nov 12, 2017
A minimum of 6 individuals have actually passed away and much more have actually been left hurt in the western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin, inning accordance with state TELEVISION.
The city of Sulaymaniyah lies in northern Iraq, close the nation’s eastern border with Iran.
Some social networks users in Israel, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have actually likewise reported sensation tremblings.
The earthquake struck at 9:18 pm regional time (6.18 pm GMT) at a depth of 33 kilometres.
Iraqi media is reporting that the quake was felt in a number of cities and has actually harmed a minimum of 8 towns, while countless individuals are believed to lack power.
One TELEVISION station reported: “The quake was felt in numerous Iranian provinces surrounding Iraq … Eight towns were harmed … Electricity has actually been cut in some towns and rescue groups have actually been dispatched to those locations.”
An authorities from the Iraqi Meteorology department stated that the earthquake was felt throughout the nation, consisting of the capital Baghdad, however put the magnitude at around 6.5.
In Iran, the nation’s seismological centre stated a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Azgaleh.
Qubad Talabani, the Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan, revealed his acknowledgements and worries.
He stated: “A genuine earthquake has actually simply contributed to the political, security, financial and humanitarian earthquakes to have actually struck Kurdistan & Iraq.
” Praying everybody impacted is unscathed and safe.”
Social network users have actually published images and videos of individuals coming out into the streets cities throughout the Gulf area simply minutes after the quake struck.
Earthquakes are regular in the area – Iran is found on a significant geological fault and has actually suffered numerous ravaging quakes recently.
A 6.6 magnitude quake struck in 2003, which flattened the southeastern city of Bam and eliminated more than 25,000 individuals.