Natural disaster of 7.3 magnitude hits Iraq: USGS

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Twitter HORROR A massive 7.3 quake struck on the Iraq Iran border
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13 November, 2017

As a result of the quake, 138 people were injured in Iran, the figure may increase, the dead data is not yet available, a source in the Iranian Red Crescent told RIA Novosti.

At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured, according to a state television in Iran.

Anadolu Agency reporter Salih Bilici said 10 people have been hospitalized in Irbil.

The centre was reported by the USGS to be in the southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniya province, close to the Iranian border.

"There have been many earthquakes between magnitude 5 and 6, but only a few over magnitude 7", Polet told USA TODAY. Electricity had been cut in the area and rescue teams had been dispatched to the area.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement that offered condolences to Iraq and said Turkey is "ready to help" with aid agencies AFAD (Turkey's Disaster Management Agency) and Kizilay (Turkish Red Crescent).

It was so strong that it was felt in various cities in Western Iran and even Tehran, and also in the neighbouring countries, particularly Kuwait.

Iranian social media was abuzz with posts of people evacuating their homes, especially from the cities of Ghasr-e Shirin and Kermanshah.

The Iraqi town Halabja is widely known for the massacre of 1988. More than 30 people were injured in the town, according to the Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed.


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