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13 November 2017, 12:53 | Marta Robbins
HORROR A massive 7.3 quake struck on the Iraq Iran border
At least one person died and 50 were wounded after a major quake struck large parts of Iraq on Sunday, according to local officials.
It struck 32km (20mi) south-west of the Iraqi town of Halabja, the USGS said.
Iranian state television said the quake was felt in numerous cities in the country and had damaged eight villages, including knocking out electricity in many of them.
Eight villages were reportedly damaged in Iran and at least six people were killed with many others injured in the border town of Qasri Shirin in Iran, Iranian state TV said. A magnitude 6.6 devastated the historic city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people.
Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.
Sunday's quake hit in the "Zagros fold and thrust belt" where the Arabian and Eurasian plates collide -- producing several earthquakes, said Jascha Polet, a seismologist at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona.
Initially thought to be a 7.2 magnitude natural disaster, the incident was revised up to 7.3.
Scores of people have been killed and hundreds injured after a strong quake shook the Iran-Iraq border region on Sunday.
Residents of the northern Iraqi city of Erbil in the street after the quake hit. Eventually, the rumble made its way to Irbil, where the anchor left his chair for safety.
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