6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border
The epicenter of the quake was located at the depth of 65 kilometers, in a low populated area some 114 kilometers northwest of the city of Ilam, according to US Geological Survey (USGS).
Fatalities were reportedly avoided, but Iran’s Kermanshah province governor, Houshang Bazvand, told state TV that “about 200 to 210 people have been injured.”
The quake led to panic among the residents as they rushed into the streets due to fears of aftershocks. The majority of those wounded were hurt while fleeing, not as a result of the destruction caused by the tremor, Iranian Emergencies Services said.
Many videos from Snapchat from Baghdad showing the power of the magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck the Iran Iraq border just now... scary stuff. #earthquake#earthquakeiran#earthquakeiraq#earthquakeiraniraqpic.twitter.com/1S0GHQVsCb— Mikey 🇷🇴 (@MambaMike13) November 25, 2018
“Fortunately, the quake was not near bigger cities. But it might have caused damage in villages and I hope not that many villages are located where it hit,” Ali Moradi, head of Iran's seismology center, said.
The earthquake caused landslides and power outages in the area. But the authorities said no important roads were blocked and the electricity supply was swiftly restored in almost all of the affected villages.
Those who experienced the quake have taken to Twitter, stating that it has been felt in places including Baghdad, Sulaimaniyah and Erbil, cities in Kurdish regions of Iraq, as well as Kuwait and Israel.
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border forces people to flee their homes in the Kurdistan Region's Garmiyan region. Some report the tremor was felt in the capital Erbil. #TwitterKurdspic.twitter.com/ueVNL0D505— Karzan Sulaivany (@KarzanSulaivany) November 25, 2018
A photo posted online shows piles of rubble in Iran following the quake, while a video shows residents of apartment buildings in Kuwait who evacuated onto the street.
First pics show building reduced to rubble in Iran earthquake zone pic.twitter.com/BjBiOw49oI— Borzou Daragahi 🖊🗒 (@borzou) November 25, 2018
EARTHQUAKE TREMORS OF 6.3 MAGNITUDE FELT IN KUWAIT— Kuwait 24x7 (@Kuwait24x7) November 25, 2018
Kuwait City, Nov 25: A huge crowd from apartments came on street when they felt the earthquake tremors of 6.3 magnitude around 7.40PM local time.
The similar tremors are felt in neighboring Iraq border & Northern Iran. pic.twitter.com/wFL3YE9DIf
In November last year, 600 people have died and hundreds of others injured as the Kermanshah Province was hit by the worst quake in Iran in over a decade.
Tremors are not a rare occurrence in the county as it’s situated on a major fault line. A 6.6 magnitude quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and raised the historic city of Bam to the ground back in 2003.
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