Via Farsnews: Powerful Quake Jolts Half of Iran, Iraq. I can't find anything yet in the Iraqi media; Iraq's English-language media appear to be offline or simply defunct.
A strong earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled all cities and towns along Iran's Western border with Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 6 people in just one city, while more death are feared in both countries.
The Seismological center of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University registered the quake that was felt across Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon at 21:48 hours local time (18:18 GMT).
The epicenter of the quake that was felt deep in Iran was located in the depth of 11km in an area 45.9 degrees in longitude and 34.84 degrees in latitude across the border from Iran's Western provinces of Kermanshah and Kurdistan.
Seismological centers of several world states have registered the epicenter of the quake in Iraq's Northwestern town of Halabcheh near the border with Iran.
The quake has so far been followed by over a dozen aftershocks ranging from 3.1 to 4.1 in magnitude.
The powerful jolt made people in the capital, Tehran, and a number of other cities including Tabriz and Isfahan pour into the streets in panic.
The quake has destroyed a number of buildings in rural areas and caused cracks in the walls of villages and towns in a number of towns some 122km to the West of Kermanshah city. Early reports said at least 6 people have been killed and more than 138 others have been injured in Iran's Western city of Qasr-e Shirin, while reports from Iraq mentioned a similar number of casualties and destruction of buildings in 8 villages.
Phone, Internet and powerlines are down in a number of nearby towns and villages.
Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of its population – and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.
The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.
Tehran alone sits on two major fault lines, and the capital's 14 million residents fear a major quake.