7.2 magnitude quake rocks northern Iraq

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

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

A major 7.2 magnitude natural disaster rocked the Iraq and Iran border region Sunday evening, local time.

Earlier reports suggested that the quake's magnitude stood at 7.5.

The closest cities in the area are Tazeabad, 25km and Bayangan, 37km away from the epicenter and the provincial capital city of Kermanshah is 122 km away.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted, according to Iranian state TV. Eight villages were damaged ...

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

As this is a breaking story, more news will be updated as made available.

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