Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border; several villages damaged, casualties reported

  • Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border; several villages damaged, casualties reported

Powerful quake rocks Iran-Iraq border; several villages damaged, casualties reported

A strong natural disaster has hit large parts of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad, an Iraqi meteorology official says, while Iran has reportedly experience damage to villages. Eight villages were damaged. It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.

Details on any casualties or damage remain unknown at this point.

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power cuts, Iranian state TV reported.

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

Iranian state media reported seven people had died in the quake. Semi-official Fars news agency and state news agency IRNA said at least six people were killed and many others injured in the border town of Qasr-e Shirin. Two more people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70km south of Darbandikhan.

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

It was felt strongly in many regions of Iraq including the capital Baghdad. TV said schools were closed in the Kermanshah and Ilam provinces on Monday.