Wednesday 17 October 2018

At least 61 dead as 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border area

The earthquake struck near the Iraq-Iran border
The earthquake struck near the Iraq-Iran border
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

At least 61 people have died in Iran after a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border region, officials said.

Deputy governor Mojtaba Nikkerdar of Iran's Kermanshah province also said more than 300 people were injured.

Iranian TV said Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq's side of the border after Sunday's quake.

It said the officials also reported more than 50 people were injured in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 were hurt in Khanaquin city.

There has been no official report from Iraq's government.

The US Geological Survey said the quake was centred about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja.

Iran's semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency said at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected.

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