Earthquake rattles Iran-Iraq border area

2017-11-12 21:23
Earthquake wave seismic activity. (iStock)

Earthquake wave seismic activity. (iStock)

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Washington - A magnitude 7.2 earthquake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.

The temblor was centered 32 kilometers southwest of Halabja, and had a depth of 33.9 kilometers, the US monitor said.

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

The US Geological Survey, on its website, issued an "orange" alert for "shaking-related fatalities and economic losses."

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Iranian social media was abuzz with area people evacuating their homes.

The quake struck at 18:18 GMT.

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