At least six people died and dozens were hurt after a 7.3-magnitude natural disaster 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.
An Iraqi meteorology official told Reuters that the strong quake which hit parts of Iraq on Sunday, including the capital Baghdad, was measuring 6.5 magnitude.
Iranian state media reported seven people had died in the quake. Extensive damage has also been reported in countless villages, which have also seen telecommunication and power outages.
The city is located in northern Iraq, close the country's eastern border with Iran.
The quake took place along a 1,500km fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, a belt extending through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq, the US Geological Survey said.
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Witnesses said buildings being evacuated as they shook violently.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or casualties.
"I thought at first that it was a huge bomb". The epicenter was also 64 miles southeast of the city of As-Sulaymaniyah, near the Iranian border.
A collapsed building is seen on top of a crushed auto in a photo taken in Kermanshah Province in Iran.
Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on state TV urging people to stay away from buildings and to avoid from using elevators, CNN reported.