Strong quake hits Iran-Iraq border, 13 dead

USGSThe earthquake struck close to Iraq's eastern border with Iran

A 5.7 magnitude quake near Iran's border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage, state media reported.

One killed, another 100 were injured in Iraq as a result of the natural disaster on the Iran-Iraq border, a source in the health sector of the Iraqi province of Diyala told.

An quake of magnitude 7.2 has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.

Eight villages were damaged in Iran from the quake, state television reported. Eight villages were damaged ... It destroyed the northern cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan, along with hundreds of villages, killing an estimated 37,000 people.

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Iranian social media was abuzz Sunday night with posts of people evacuating their homes, particularly in Kermanshah and Ghasr-e Shirin, where injured people were thought to be buried under the rubble.

State TV said at least six people were killed and many others injured in the town of Qasr-e Shirin.

Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying there were fears that casualties in villages and small towns could be high.

The quake has led to blackout and water cut in Kurdistan, Ilam, and Kermanshah provinces, according to Iran's Crisis Management Organization.

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