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Powerful 7.6 Magnitude Quake Occurs on Iran-Iraq Border

Powerful 7.6 Magnitude Quake Occurs on Iran-Iraq Border

A magnitude 7.2 quake rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday, with tremors reported in parts of central Israel.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, at a depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles), it said.

In southeastern Turkey, the natural disaster was felt from Malatya to Van, locals reported.

It was felt strongly in many regions of Iraq including the capital Baghdad.

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

In Iran, the ISNA news agency said that the quake was felt in several cities in the west of the country including Tabriz.

The state-controlled television said at least eight villages were damaged.

'I thought at first that it was a huge bomb.

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Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.

Tremors have been felt as far as Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, according to social reports.

Like most quakes that strike the region, this one was shallow, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the USGS's National Earthquake Information Center.

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