Strong 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Western Iran, Damages Villages

Posted November 13, 2017

There has been no official report from Iraq's government.

He also said 35 rescue teams were providing assistance.

In Iraq, at least six people died.

The district's main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Rasheed said, so the injured were being taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment.

Like most quakes that strike the region, this one was shallow, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the USGS's National Earthquake Information Center. More than 50 people were injured in Iraq's Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 were hurt in Khanaquin city.

Experts have warned a large quake could strike Israel in the near future, and the government has been funding projects for buildings to be bolstered against tremors.

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An natural disaster rattled the Iran-Iraq border on November 12, 2017.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.

Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in the street after the quake hit.

Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.

People were staying out on the streets in towns in the western Kermanshah province because of the threat from aftershocks, a local Red Crescent official told TV.