A 7.2-magnitude earthquake within the Middle East jolted “the Iraq-Iran border region” on Sunday, the Twitter account for U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) earthquake alerts tweeted.
(U.S. Geological Survey)
At least six folks died and dozens have been damage after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake jolted the “Iraq-Iran border region” on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) introduced, as folks throughout the area reported harm to buildings within the space.
On its web site, the USGS positioned the quake’s epicenter at about 19 miles south-southwest of the Iraqi metropolis of Halabja. Faramarz Akbari, governor of the Iranian metropolis of Ghasr-e Shirin, stated that six folks had died and scores extra injured, in line with the state-run IRNA information company.
The USGS additionally issued an “orange” alert for “shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.”
“Significant casualties and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread,” the company stated on-line. “Past orange alerts have required a regional or national level response.”
In Iraq, the quake destroyed outdated homes in Sadr City and triggered grocery store harm within the space. Traffic throughout Baghdad was slowed to a standstill.
Iranian social media was abuzz with posts of individuals evacuating their properties, particularly from the cities of Ghasr-e Shirin and Kermanshah.
Esmail Najar, head of Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, stated “some injured people might be buried under the rubble in Ghasr-e Shirin.”
Iran is inclined to close each day quakes because it sits on many main fault traces. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic metropolis of Bam, killing 26,000 folks.
Fox News’ Kadhum Hussein and The Associated Press contributed to this report.