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Large natural disaster near Iran, Iraq border

12 November 2017

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday's quake hit close to Halabjah, southeast of Sulaymaniyah, a city in the Iraqi region administered by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

It was felt strongly in many areas, including the capital Baghdad.

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah.

It initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

"Praying everyone affected is safe and unharmed". Both cities are hundreds of miles away. Eight villages were damaged ...

"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq ... Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", a TV news service reported, according to The Independent.

There's no information about the casualties so far.

Large natural disaster near Iran, Iraq border