Natural disaster of 7.3 magnitude hits Iraq: USGS

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

A magnitude 7.3 quake has hit near the Iraqi city of Halabja close to the Iraq-Iran border, according the US Geological Survey.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck 15.5 miles beneath the surface about 20 miles from Halabjah, Iraq.

State television had previously reported six dead in Qasr-e Shirin, close to the Iraqi border, around 40 kilometres southwest of Azgaleh.

The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the natural disaster.

Tremors could be felt as far away as in the UAE after a 7.3 magnitude natural disaster struck Northern Iraq.

"I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air", said Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the capital's Salihiya district with her three children.

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Many houses in rural parts of the province are made of mud bricks and are known to crumble easily in quake-prone Iran.

"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo".

In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Iraq's meteorology centre advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

Witnesses reported on social media that they felt the shocks as far as Baghdad and Mosul.

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