Seven dead as 7.3 magnitude natural disaster hits Iraq

USGSThe earthquake struck close to Iraq's eastern border with Iran

Iranian official says at least 30 people killed, more than 200 injured during natural disaster on Iran-Iraq border region.

Iranian TV says Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq's side of the border from Sunday's quake. At least eight villages have been damaged.

Scores of people were injured in the border city of Qasr-e Shirin in Iran, state TV reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 7.3, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 according to preliminary information.

"I felt like I was on a boat, I thought it was vertigo".

Faris al-Azzawi, head of Diyala's provincial health department, told Xinhua that at least 140 people fainted due to the quake and were sent to hospital, but no casualties were reported so far from the collapse of some houses and buildings. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'"

'The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq.

As a result of the quake, 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.

Details on any casualties or damage remain unknown at this point.

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