Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Huge 7.3 magnitude natural disaster hits Iraq near Iranian border

Huge 7.3 magnitude natural disaster hits Iraq near Iranian border

An natural disaster of 7.2 magnitude has hit Iraq southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, according to US Geological Survey.

According to the USGS, the quake struck at 10.18pm, at a depth of 33.9km.

A 7.2 magnitude natural disaster has struck the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq, near the border with Iran, with shockwaves felt as far away as Qatar.

Residents in the UAE took to social media to report they felt the tremors.

Some Israelis, especially those living on high floors, from Haifa in north to Beersheba and Ofakim in the south and along the coast, including Tel Aviv, reported feeling the tremor.


Iran's state TV reported that at least eight villages were damaged in the natural disaster.

"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq".

In neighbouring Iran, at least eight villages were damaged after the natural disaster struck Iraq.

"So far no casualties have been reported", the official said.

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