Magnitude 7.3 quake hits Iraq, Iran

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

Initially thought to be a 7.2 magnitude quake, the incident was revised up to 7.3.

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah.

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. There was extensive structural damage to buildings and homes.

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

Iraq's interior minister ordered civil defence and fire fighting crews to be on high alert after the quake.

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But the governor of Qasr-e Shirin, Faramarz Akbari, said only two people had died in the town and 25 others were injured.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. Eight villages were damaged.

The quake struck along the border with Iran.

The quake was even felt in the Iranian capital Tehran, with some villages hit by power cuts, Iranian state TV reported.

Iran's semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency says at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected.

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