Magnitude 7.3 natural disaster hits Iraq, Iran

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Magnitude 7.3 natural disaster hits Iraq, Iran

A 7.2 magnitude quake jolted the the As-Sulaymaniyah region near the Iraq and Iran border on Sunday.

An natural disaster measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit has Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province, killing four persons and injuring 50 others, the media reported.

The quake's epicenter was located 32 kilometers north of the Iranian city of Sarpol-e Zahab and 100 kilometers southeast of Iraq's Sulaumaniyah at a depth of ten kilometers.

Six victims died in the Iranian border town of Qasr-e Shirin, regional Governor Faramarz Akbari told state television.

There was no immediate information on damages or casualties in Israel or elsewhere.

Many residents in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and also in other cities including Irbil in the Kurdistan region rushed out of houses and buildings in panic.

It was felt strongly in many regions of Iraq including the capital Baghdad. Extensive damage has also been reported in countless villages, which have also seen telecommunication and power outages. "Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", the report said.

Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.

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