Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 10 people.

At least six people died in western Iran, state media said, with local officials reporting another four dead in Iraq. Much more have been injured and the death toll is likely to rise.

The earthquake sparked panic in Iraq, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets. Mosques in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq have been saying prayers through loudspeakers.

“Damage has been reported in at least eight villages,” Morteza Salim, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organisation, told the channel.

“Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunications system has also been disturbed.”

The quake struck in the evening local time south of the Iraqi town of Halabja at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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