Turkey rushes to help Iraq natural disaster victims

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

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake.

The epicenter of the quake was located around 32 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of the city of Halabja, near the Iranian border, at a depth of 33 kilometers (20 miles), it said.

"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq".

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

Iranian TV said Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq's side of the border from Sunday's quake.

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According to official numbers, 5,000 people were killed and 7,000 injured when Iraq's then-president Saddam Hussein ordered a chemical attack on the city on March 16, 1988.

"Significant casualties and damage are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread", the agency said online.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. At least eight villages have been damaged. "Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", TV reported.

Faramarz Akbari, a local official in the Iranian border city of Ghasr-e Shirin, reported the death toll to Iran's state-run IRNA news agency, according to the Associated Press.

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