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7.3 Magnitude Hits Near the Border of Iran and Iraq
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Makes me wonder if this was truly "natural", or...  well, you know.   minusculethinking 



Quote:A strong earthquake that shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday killed at least 13 people, authorities and state media in the two countries said. The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 temblor was centred 20 miles (32 kilometres) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran.

In Iraq, officials said the quake had killed six people in Sulaimaniyah province and injured around 150.
"Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan said.
Another two people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70 kilometres (45 miles) south of Darbandikhan.

Iranian state media reported seven people had died in the quake.
"According to the latest toll, six people were killed in Qasr-e Shirin and one in Azgaleh," Kermanshah province governor Houshang Bazvand told the ISNA news agency.

State television had previously reported six dead in Qasr-e Shirin, close to the Iraqi border, around 40 kilometres southwest of Azgaleh.


Both agencies reported 25 people had been wounded.
The quake struck the mountainous area of Sulaimaniyah province at 9:18 pm (1818 GMT) at a depth of 25 kilometres (15 miles), the monitor said.

It was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and sometimes for longer in other provinces of Iraq, AFP journalists said.
In the province of Sulaimaniyah, located in Iraq's Kurdistan region, residents ran out onto the streets at the time of the quake and some minor property damage was recorded, an AFP reporter said.

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A shake map of the region following the earthquake in Iraq Credit: US Geological Survey

In Iran, ISNA said the earthquake was felt in several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz.
In southeastern Turkey, the earthquake was felt "from Malatya to Van", an AFP correspondent said. In the town of Diyarbakir, residents also left their homes before returning.

The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometre fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq, the US Geological Survey said.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Iran's border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported.
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A woman with a wheelchair is seen at Sulaymaniyah Hospital after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit today Credit:  Anadolu

In June 1990, a magnitude 7.4 quake struck 400 km to the northeast of  today's event, and caused between 40,000-50,000 fatalities, more than 60,000 injuries, and left more than 600,000 homeless in the in the Rasht-Qazvin-Zanjan area of Iran.

The last major earthquake to strike Iran was a 2003 tremor in Bam, in the southeastern province of Kerman, which killed at least 31,000 people and flattened the city.

Update: 

  • 13 November 2017
    08:55 GMT
    Iran now says that 328 have died in the earthquake, local news agencies and state TV report, citing the National Disaster Management Organization.
  • 06:52 GMT
    New data provided by Tasnim now indicates that at least 211 people have been killed and over 2,500 injured in the earthquake in Iran, according to officials from Kermanshah province.

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Unfortunately for the people who live in that part of the world, there are a lot of earthquakes, this was a big one.
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