At Least 6 Dead After 7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Near Iran, Iraq Border

November 12, 2017

At least six were killed after a major 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the Iraq and Iran border region Sunday evening and caused panic among residents and structural damages. 

Qasr-e Shirin governor Faramarz Akbari said six people had died due to the temblor, the Associated Press reports. Head of Iran's National Disaster Management Organization Esmail Najar said some people may be buried underneath rubble in the city.

The quake was centered about 140 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, and 320 miles west of Tehran, Iran. It struck at 9:18 p.m. Iraqi time.

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In Kermanshah, Iran, the Head of the Crisis Management Organization said a number of people had been wounded by debris, the Mehr News Agency reports.  

People abandoned their homes to run into the streets, reports. Electricity was cut off in Qasr-e Shirin. The windows of some homes were broken. 

Posts on social media showed damaged buildings in areas impacted by the quake. 

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