7.2 magnitude earthquake kills at least 30 in Iran

7.2 magnitude earthquake kills at least 30 in Iran

At least seven people have died and a number injured as the quake hit Iraq's Kurdish region near the Iranian border, as well as impacting Baghdad and villages across the border in Iran.

In the province of Sulaimaniyah, located in Iraq's Kurdistan region, residents ran out onto the streets at the time of the quake and some property damage was recorded, an AFP reporter said.

Iranian TV says Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq's side of the border from Sunday's quake.

Several people posted videos of swaying light fixtures to social media. Extensive damage has also been reported in countless villages, which have also seen telecommunication and power outages.

It wasn't immediately clear if there were casualties or how much damage the temblor caused.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3 at a shallow depth of 33 kilometres, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5, according to preliminary information.

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

"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo". Both cities are hundreds of miles away.

Esmail Najar, head of Iran's National Disaster Management Organization, said "some injured people might be buried under the rubble in Ghasr-e Shirin".

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