ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – A 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit the Kurdistan Region cities where the strongest recorded in the province of Sulaimani.
A strong earthquake on Sunday at 9:15 PM (local time) hit several areas in the Kurdistan Region and the region.
The earthquake was felt in Erbil, Sulaimani, Kirkuk, Halabja and Duhok provinces.
The earthquake was also widely felt in many Kurdish areas in Iran, Turkey, and Syria.
Eyewitnesses in the town of Kore, in Erbil province, told Kurdistan 24 that two people have died as a result of house collapse.
16 people have been hospitalized in the city of Khanaqin.
Kurdistan 24 reporter in Garmiyan area southern Sulaimani stated that one child had been killed in the district of Kalar due to the earthquake.
The Director of Meteorological and Seismic Monitoring Department in Erbil stated that first earthquake with magnitude 4.5 hit the Kurdistan Region cities on the Iranian border.
At 9:18, the second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit all Kurdistan Region cities, which was the strongest that the Region has felt that last for seven seconds.
The third earthquake that hit Kurdistan Region was magnitude 4.6.
Four people slightly wounded in the city of Sulaimani due to the earthquake that lasted more than 15 seconds.
No death tolls reported, but there were some property damages in Sulaimani, Kurdistan 24 said.
Head of Erbil Emergency Hospital told Kurdistan 24 that at least seven people had been hospitalized with minor injuries, but after receiving medical treatment left the hospital.
Due to the collapse of several houses in the town of Darbandikhan, four people have been killed and 105 others wounded, a Kurdistan 24 reporter said.
Director of Sulaimani Health Directorate confirmed the deaths, stating that 25 of the wounded people were en route to receive treatment in Sulaimani hospitals.
He added that there are 30 medical teams are ready to treat the wounded people.
Editing by Nadia Riva