Quake kills at least 30 people in Iran-Iraq border area

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Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ said no destruction or damage occurred in Turkey from magnitude the quake.

"Four people were killed by the earthquake" in Darbandikhan, the Iraqi town's mayor Nasseh Moulla Hassan told AFP.

The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 7.2 natural disaster struck near Halabjah, Iraq on Sunday.

Iran is especially prone to nearly daily earthquakes because it sits astride many fault lines.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck 15.5 miles beneath the surface about 20 miles from Halabjah, Iraq.

Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on state TV urging people to stay away from buildings and to avoid from using elevators, CNN reported.

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Iran's semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency says at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were also impacted.

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

Aftershocks and tremors were reportedly as far a field as Kuwait.

Local media reported that eight villages in Iran had been damaged by the quake and rescue teams had been sent to those areas.

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