A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border killing at least 67 people, injuring hundreds more and triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said.
Footage posted on Twitter showed panicked people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late yesterday, while images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.
"At this stage, the earthquake in the west has killed 61 people and left 300 injured," Iran's official IRNA news agency said, adding that the toll was expected to rise.
Six others were reported dead on the Iraq side of the border.
"We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps," said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran's Kermanshah province.
The quake hit 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm, when many people would have been at home, the US .
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