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7.2 magnitude quake rocks area near Iran-Iraq border, kills 2

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck a region near the Iran-Iraq border Sunday left at least two people dead and dozens injured, an Iranian official said. 

The earthquake struck at about 32 kilometers outside the city of Halabjah, Iraq, at 9:18 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Faramarz Akbari, an Iranian official in the city of Ghasr-e Shirin, reported the deaths to Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency. 

At least eight Iranian villages were damaged, Iran’s state TV reported.

The earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Iraq border Sunday. 

The earthquake struck a region near the Iran-Iraq border Sunday. 

(USGS)

Some villages and cities in the Western Kermanshah province had water and electricity lines cut off, while residents stood out on the streets because of fears of aftershocks, an official told state-run media.

Photos on social media show rubble on the streets and damages to buildings.

Esmail Najar, head of Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said there might be people “buried under the rubble in Ghasr-e Shirin.”

In 2003, a 6.6. magnitude earthquake struck the Iranian city of Bam, killing more than 26,000 people.

With News Wire Services   

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