Iran border magnitude 7.3 quake leaves at least 12 dead, scores hurt

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In Halabja, local officials said that a 12-year-old boy died from an electric shock when an electric cable fell during the natural disaster.

An quake of magnitude 7.2 has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says.

As a result of the natural disaster, 138 people were injured in Iran, the figure may increase, the dead data is not yet available, a source in the Iranian Red Crescent told RIA Novosti.

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The quake struck along the border with Iran.

U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 quake has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah.

At least 61 people were killed and 300 injured, according to a state television in Iran.

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Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were also impacted. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

In southeastern Turkey, the quake was felt "from Malatya to Van", an AFP correspondent said.

Two people have died in the city of Qasr-e Shirin, Iranian TV reported, citing the country's Emergency Services. In the town of Diyarbakir, residents also left their homes before returning.

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Across the border in Iran, state TV said several people were killed and many others injured when at least eight border villages were damaged.

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