TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A strong earthquake which was occurred in Iran-Iraq border late on Sunday killed at least six people in Iraq and injured over 50 people, Iraqi media reports said.
Officials in Iraq reported that at least six people had died and 50 injured.
Kurdish news agency Rudaw said that Kurdish cities in Iraq such as Halabja, Erbil and Duhok were affected by the earthquake. The Iraqi border cities of Halabja and Sulaymaniyah reportedly declared states of emergency.
Kurdistan24 news network reported that 16 people were taken to hospital with injuries in the Iraqi city of Khanaqin, while witnesses reported two deaths in the city of Kore in Erbil province.
Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN.
The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according the US Geological Survey. The quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, according to video from AFP.
The US Geological Survey, or USGS, said the quake was recorded at 9:18 p.m. local time (1:18 p.m. ET). It measured the quake at a magnitude 7.3, while Iraq's state geologists said it was magnitude 7.5.
Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was closely following the situation of the country's citizens, a statement from his office said.