Magnitude 7.2 natural disaster strikes near Halabjah, Iraq

Magnitude 7.2 natural disaster strikes near Halabjah, Iraq

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake.

"Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the Iraqi town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan told AFP.

Still, Blakeman added, the region has many towns and villages.

An quake of 7.2 magnitude has hit Iraq southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, according to US Geological Survey.

In 1978, a magnitude-7.4 natural disaster hit Tabas, Iran, and killed about 20,000 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter was 19 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja.

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Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported. A magnitude 6.6 devastated the historic city of Bam in 2003, killing about 26,000 people.

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

In southeastern Turkey, the quake was felt "from Malatya to Van", an AFP correspondent said.

The quake was felt in several Iranian cities, damaging 8 villages and causing electricity cut-offs in some areas, Reuters said.

Other media reports qouted Faramarz Akbari, the governor of Qasr-e Shirin as saying that six people had died and scores more injured.

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