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Large natural disaster near Iran, Iraq border

Large natural disaster near Iran, Iraq border

At least seven people have died and a number injured as the quake hit Iraq's Kurdish region near the Iranian border, as well as impacting Baghdad and villages across the border in Iran. At least eight villages have been damaged.

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

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah. The region where the quake struck sits upon one of several major fault lines in Iran, and although that country sees quakes nearly daily, the most deadly one in recent history struck in 2003 - a 6.6 magnitude quake that left 26,000 dead. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'"

There were similar scenes in Irbil, the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, and across other cities in northern Iraq, close to the quake's epicenter.

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It struck the area of Azgaleh in Kermanshah province at around 21:48 local time on Sunday.

A 5.7 magnitude quake near Iran's border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported.

The district's main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, so the injured were being taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment.


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