Quake strikes Iran's border towns with Iraq, several killed

An earthquake rattled the Iran Iraq border on Nov. 12 2017

An earthquake rattled the Iran Iraq border on Nov. 12 2017

It initially said the quake was of a magnitude 7.2, before revising it to 7.3.

Iran's state TV reported that at least eight villages were damaged in the natural disaster.

Several people posted videos of swaying light fixtures to social media. At least eight villages have been damaged.

A powerful natural disaster that rocked northeastern Iraq on Sunday killed at least six people and injured 150 others in the country, officials said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 according to preliminary information.

The most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75 kilometers (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah, and more than 30 people were injured in the town.

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

Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on state TV urging people to stay away from buildings and to avoid from using elevators, CNN reported.

Iran is prone to near daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines.

Many residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.

"Without a doubt", he said, there would likely be serious damage and possible casualties.

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