7.2 magnitude earthquake rocks area near Iran-Iraq border, kills at least 61

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck a region near the Iran-Iraq border Sunday left at least 61 people dead and 300 injured in Iran, according to an Iranian official.

The earthquake struck at about 32 kilometers outside the city of Halabjah, Iraq, at 9:18 p.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Service said.

Pirhossein Koulivand, the head of Iran’s emergency medical services, reported the deaths and injuries on Iran’s border, according to the country’s state-run IRNA news agency.

Iranian state TV reported there were at least six deaths and 200 injuries in Iraq, but Iraqi government officials have not commented on those numbers. …

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