Iran border magnitude 7.3 natural disaster leaves at least 12 dead, scores hurt

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An powerful quake with a magnitude of 7.2 has struck Iraq about 200km northeast of the capital Baghdad. the US Geological Survey said.

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 quake has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah.

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

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

There are reports of injuries and casualties due to the natural disaster.

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

It was felt strongly in many regions of Iraq including the capital Baghdad. But then I heard everyone around me screaming "Earthquake!"'. Iranian social media was abuzz with area people evacuating their homes.

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

Following initial reports of Sunday's devastating. quake, Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani tweeted, "A real natural disaster has just added to the political, security, humanitarian and economic earthquakes to have hit Kurdistan & Iraq".

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