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Magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolts Gulf region

Tremors from the earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border were felt in the UAE, Kuwait

Magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolts Gulf region
Residents huddle by a fire in an open area following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake at Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's Kermanshah province.

Tremors stemming from a magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday night were felt as far away as Kuwait and the UAE, according to local media reports.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was entered 31 kilometres from the Iraqi city of Halabja.

More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more injured when the earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides that hindered rescue efforts.

The tremors were felt in various parts of the UAE, with local residents taking to social media to report feeling trembling. No damage was reported.

One resident of Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island, for example, posted a picture of a lamp swaying back and forth at 10:30 PM UAE time.

Another UAE resident, in Sharjah, tweeted that his “entire building was shaking continuously” from the earthquake.

In Kuwait, the Kuwait Fire Service reported receiving more than 40 calls reported tremors, but noted that no casualties or damage were reported.

Other media reports report that strong tremors were also felt in Turkey, particularly in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. No damage or casualties have so far been reported.

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