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Powerful earthquake kills at least 6 in Iraqi city of Halabja

SULAYMANIYAH, IRAQ - NOVEMBER 12: Wounded people arrive to receive treatment at Sulaymaniyah Hospital after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit northern Iraq in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq on November 12, 2017. (Photo by Feriq Ferec/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

At least six people are dead following Sunday’s 7.3 earthquake near the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border.

Four people were killed in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya told CNN.

Two people have died in the city of Qasr-e Shirin, Iranian TV reported, citing the country’s Emergency Services.

The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, USGS said. The extent of any damage was not immediately available.

Iraq’s Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.

Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.