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Monday, 13 November 2017 - 6:49
Many killed in Iran - Iraq border earthquake
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A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing scores.

At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured in western Iran, state media said, with four more reported dead in Iraq.

The death toll is likely to rise.

The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3 at a shallow depth of 23 kilometres.

Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been saying prayers through loudspeakers.

Many residents in Baghdad too rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic.

"I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air," said Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the capital's Salihiya district with her three children.

There were similar scenes in Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan, and across other cities in northern Iraq.

Iraq's meteorology centre advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

Residents of Turkey's south-eastern city of Diyarbakir also reported feeling a strong tremor, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the city.

Israeli media said the quake was felt in many parts of Israel too.
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