Earthquake Hits Iraq And Iran, At Least Six Dead

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake has hit near the Iran Iraq border

Several people were killed and many others were injured in border areas of Iran when an quake of magnitude 7.3 struck neighboring Iraq on Sunday, Iran's state TV reported.

An quake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale hit has Iraq's Sulaimaniyah province, killing four persons and injuring 50 others, the media reported.

The state-controlled television said at least eight villages were damaged.

Tremors could be felt as far away as in the UAE after a 7.3 magnitude natural disaster struck Northern Iraq.

Scores of people were injured in the border city of Qasr-e Shirin in Iran, state TV reported.

The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, USGS said.

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

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

No casualties have yet to be reported. Eight villages were damaged.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted.

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

Local people said in media reports and on Twitter they had felt several aftershocks.

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