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Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 30, Injures More than 200 in Iran

Magnitude Earthquake Kills At Least 30, Injures More than 200 in Iran

At least seven people have died and a number injured as the quake hit Iraq's Kurdish region near the Iranian border, as well as impacting Baghdad and villages across the border in Iran.

Large parts of Iraq have been shaken by a 7.2 magnitude natural disaster.

Still, Blakeman added, the region has many towns and villages.

As this is a breaking story, more news will be updated as made available. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country.

The quake occurred at 9:18 p.m. local time (1:18 p.m. ET), the USGS said.

On its website, the USGS placed the quake's epicenter at about 19 miles south-southwest of the Iraqi city of Halabja.

It was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and sometimes for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said.

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency medical services, told a local television station that the quake led to a power outage in the country's western cities of Mehran and Ilam.

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

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

In the town of Diyarbakir, residents also left their homes before returning.


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