More than 400 people have been killed and thousands injured after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck near the border between Iran and Iraq. The earthquake was centred about 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja at about 6.20pm UK time on Sunday. It was 15 miles deep – a shallow depth that can cause broader damage – and was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, as well as in Turkey, Kuwait and Israel. State news agencies reported that 407 people had been killed and 6,700 injured by the tremor in Iran. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player People flee as earthquake hits At least seven deaths were reported in neighbouring Iraq, with 535 people hurt. Advertisement The quake also created cracks in a major dam holding back Iraq’s Diyala river, causing it to sink lower. There is not thought to be any immediate danger from the damage, although it is unclear whether power production might be affected. It also triggered landslides in the mountainous region along the Iran-Iraq border and destroyed buildings, shattering windows and sending people running for safety. More from Iran Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iran is most likely playing for time over… Read full this story
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