At least one person dead, 50 wounded in Iraq after quake

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake hits Iraq, Iran

An quake with a magnitude of 7.3 has struck Iraq about 200km northeast of the capital Baghdad, the US Geological Survey says.

Like most quakes that strike the region, this one was shallow, said Don Blakeman, a geophysicist with the USGS's National Earthquake Information Center.

A strong natural disaster has hit large parts of Iraq, including the capital Baghdad, an Iraqi meteorology official says, while Iran has reportedly experience damage to villages. CNN reports that at least 6 people have been reported dead in Iraq, and dozens more are injured.

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There are reports of injuries and casualties due to the quake. At least eight villages have been damaged.

But governor of Qasr-e Shirin Faramarz Akbari said only two people had died in the town and 25 others were injured.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted.

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The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the quake.

Residents of Turkey's south-eastern city of Diyarbakir also reported feeling a strong tremor, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the city.

Israeli media reported that the quake was felt in many parts of Israel too.

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