At least six people died and dozens were hurt after a 7.3-magnitude quake jolted the "Iraq-Iran border region" on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced, as people across the region reported damage to buildings in the area.
Following initial reports of Sunday's devastating. quake, Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani tweeted, "A real natural disaster has just added to the political, security, humanitarian and economic earthquakes to have hit Kurdistan & Iraq".
An quake rattled the Iran-Iraq border on November 12, 2017.
State TV said at least six people were killed and many others injured in the town of Qasr-e Shirin. At least eight villages have been damaged.
Many residents in the Iraqi capital Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic. "Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", TV reported.
It was so strong that it was felt in various cities in Western Iran and even Tehran, and also in the neighbouring countries, particularly Kuwait.
The tremors were felt across the Middle East, including Israel and Turkey.
Photos and videos of extensive damage in both Iran and Iraq poured in on social media shortly after the quake.