Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Strong quake hits Iraq-Iran border region

Strong quake hits Iraq-Iran border region

Eight villages were damaged ...

Several aftershocks also jolted the Iranian province of Kermanshah.

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah.

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

Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the capital's Salihiya district with her three children, said: 'I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air.

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"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo. But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'".

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

One killed, another 100 were injured in Iraq as a result of the quake on the Iran-Iraq border, a source in the health sector of the Iraqi province of Diyala told. The Washington Post adds that 2 more people have been reported dead thus far in Iran, and the number of dead is expected to rise as recovery operations continue.

The tremors were felt across the Middle East, including Israel and Turkey.

An Iraqi meteorology official told Reuters that the strong quake which hit parts of Iraq on Sunday, including the capital Baghdad, was measuring 6.5 magnitude.

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