Seven dead as 7.3 magnitude quake hits Iraq

A 7.3 magnitude quake struck northeastern Iraq and western Iran on Sunday, killing at least 12 people, according to an initial assessment reported by Iranian state television and Iraqi officials.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was 19 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja.

But eight villages were damaged in Iran and at least six people were killed and many others injured in the border town of Qasr-e Shirin in Iran, Iranian state TV said.

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Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted.

Several people posted videos of swaying light fixtures to social media.

Iran's semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency says at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected.

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Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. A magnitude 6.6 devastated the historic city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people. There was extensive structural damage to buildings and homes.

The quake struck in northeast Iraq - near the border with Iran.

Turkey rushed to help victims of Iraq's 7.2 on the Richter scale quake late Sunday with thousands of supplies and humanitarian aid. It was the third deadliest natural disaster on record.

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  • Ryan Wade