Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border; several villages damaged, casualties reported

Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border; several villages damaged, casualties reported

The temblor was centered 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Halabja, Iraq, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers (21 miles), the US Geological Survey said.

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power outages, Iranian state TV reported. It says the officials also report more than 50 people were injured in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 were hurt in Khanaquin city.

Iranian social media was abuzz as people evacuated their homes.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.

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At least six people are dead following Sunday's 7.3 quake near the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border.

But the governor of Qasr-e Shirin, Faramarz Akbari, said only two people had died in the town and 25 others were injured. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Experts have warned a large natural disaster could strike Israel in the near future, and the government has been funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors.

Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying there were fears that casualties in villages and small towns could be high.

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