Iraq Earthquake: Iranian officials reported that a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Halabja that is close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed more than 130 people in Iran. Head of Iran’s emergency services said at least 1,000 people were injured in the earthquake.

The report says four people died in eastern Iraq and many were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Omar Ahmad, Iraq, the governor of Sulaimaniya. According to the US Geological Survey, The temblor which centred about 350 kilometres north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq.

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Iraq’s Meteorological Organization issued a warns every people to stay away from buildings and to avoid using elevators. Also, the news agencies from countries report that the shocks were also felt in Pakistan, Kuwait, Lebanon, and Turkey.

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was closely following the country people’s situation and the statement says that he will take an immediate action to recover the damages.

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The quake affected several Iranian provinces and the deputy governor of Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border told state television that the death toll would rise. Mojtaba Nikkerdar said,

“There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won’t rise too much, but it will rise,”

The State television reports that nearly 100 of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15km from the border. The main hospital of the town was severely damaged and struggling to treat hundreds of injured people.

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