Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

7.2-magnitude quake jolts Iran-Iraq border area; structural damage reported

7.2-magnitude quake jolts Iran-Iraq border area; structural damage reported

An quake of magnitude 7.2 has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.

Eight villages were damaged in Iran from the quake, state television reported. 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.

Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in the street after the quake hit.

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

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Faris al-Azzawi, head of Diyala's provincial health department, told Xinhua that at least 140 people fainted due to the natural disaster and were sent to hospital, but no casualties were reported so far from the collapse of some houses and buildings.

"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo".

It was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and sometimes for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said. But then I heard everyone around me screaming "Earthquake!"'. CNN reports that at least 6 people have been reported dead in Iraq, and dozens more are injured.

Iran is prone to near daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines.

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