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    IRAQ QUAKE Iraq hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake close to Iran border

    A STRONG earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 has shaken northern Iraq.
    Tremors were felt across the Middle East, according to social media reports, including Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.
    The US Geological Survey said the earthquake struck around 200km north east of Baghdad at around 9.18pm local time.
    An official from the Iraqi Meteorology department said the quake could be felt across large parts of Iraq, but reported the magnitude to be around 6.5.
    Initially its strength was reported to be 7.2 on the Richter scale, before it was later upgraded.
    Qubad Talabani, Deputy Prime Minister of Kurdistan, expressed his fears and condolences.
    He said: “A real earthquake has just added to the political, security, humanitarian and economic earthquakes to have hit Kurdistan & Iraq.
    “Praying everyone affected is safe and unharmed.”
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