Large quake near Iran, Iraq border

Casey Dawson
November 13, 2017

Faramarz Akbari, governor of the Iranian city of Ghasr-e Shirin, said that six people had died and scores more injured, according to the state-run IRNA news agency. The two Turkish organizations will also conduct search and rescue operations if needed, Kalın said.

There were similar scenes in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, and across other cities in northern Iraq.

According to official numbers, 5,000 people were killed and 7,000 injured when Iraq's then-president Saddam Hussein ordered a chemical attack on the city on March 16, 1988.

"The situation there is very critical", Rasheed told Reuters.

Extensive damage is seen in photos taken in the town of Darbandikhan in Iraq.

Experts have warned a large quake could strike Israel in the near future, and the government has been funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors.

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There were reports of injuries in a stretch of cities, towns and rural villages near the Iranian border, including Halabja, Khanaqin and Panjwin.

A powerful quake that rocked northeastern Iraq on Sunday killed at least six people and injured 150 others in the country, officials said.

Iraq's interior minister ordered civil defence and fire fighting crews to be on high alert after the quake.

Iran is prone to near daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. Media gave contradictory casualty figures.

The natural disaster struck along the border with Iran. Eight villages were damaged ...

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power cuts, Iranian state TV reported.

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