Friday, 17 November, 2017

At least one person dead, 50 wounded in Iraq after natural disaster

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes near Halabjah, Iraq
Wilma Wheeler | 13 November, 2017, 00:42

At least six people died and dozens were hurt after a 7.3-magnitude quake jolted the "Iraq-Iran border region" on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced, as people across the region reported damage to buildings in the area.

In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.

Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying there were fears that casualties in villages and small towns could be high.

"Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan said.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.

Iraq's meteorology centre advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

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

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

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, at a depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles), it said.

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