At least 61 people have been killed and 300 injured by an earthquake in Iran’s Kermanshah province after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Iraq, near to the border with Iran, state television reported.

The television quoted an emergency services official as saying that many of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 10 miles (15km) from the border.

Iranian state TV also said Iraqi officials reported at least six people dead inside Iraq, along with more than 50 people injured in Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 in Khanaquin city. No reports were immediately available from Iraq’s government.

The US Geological Survey said the epicentre was about 20 miles (32km) southwest of the city of Halabjah and measured 7.2. Over the border in Iran, the country’s seismological centre said a 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Azgaleh.

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network quoted the head of the country’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, as saying at least 61 had been killed and 300 injured on Iran’s side of the border.

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SOURCE: The Independent