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Powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes close to Iraq-Iran border

Middle East | 2017-11-12 22:12:00
Powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes close to Iraq-Iran border
An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has struck Iraq, about 20 miles (32km) southwest of the city of Halabjah, near to the Iraq-Iran border, the US Geological Survey has said.

It initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

An official from the Iraqi Meteorology department said that the earthquake could be felt across large parts of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad - but put the magnitude at around 6.5.

Over the border in Iran, the country's seismological centre said a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Azgaleh.

Iranian state television that the earthquake had been felt in a number of cities in the country and had damaged eight villages, including knocking out electricity in a number of those villages. (The Independent)
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