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7.2 magnitude earthquake jolts Iran-Iraq border area

By in Press Enterprise on November 12, 2017

By The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state TV says a 7.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted the region near the border between Iran and Iraq.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quake on its website, placing its epicenter at around 19 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja, and issuing an “orange” alert for “shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.” There were no immediate reports of casualties.

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

Iranian social media was abuzz with area people evacuating their homes.

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