Powerful 7.6 Magnitude Quake Occurs on Iran-Iraq Border

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran

A 7.6-magnitude quake hit the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday, the EMSC reported.

A magnitude 7.2 quake shook Iraq on Sunday, authorities said, without causing any casualties or major damage in the country or in neighbouring Iran and Turkey where it was also felt.

"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq".

State television had previously reported six dead in Qasr-e Shirin, close to the Iraqi border, around 40 kilometres southwest of Azgaleh.

Many residents in Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.

The quake was felt in many Iraqi provinces in the north and central regions, including the Iraqi capital Baghdad, witnesses said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. Extensive damage has also been reported in countless villages, which have also seen telecommunication and power outages.

Esmail Najar, head of Iran's National Disaster Management Organization, said "some injured people might be buried under the rubble in Ghasr-e Shirin".

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted, according to Iranian state TV.

A TASS correspondent reported from Kuwait City that earth tremors had been felt in that city.

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