The earthquake occurred 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan, near the northeastern border with Iran. The epicenter was at a depth of 33.9 km away, the tremors were felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait.

In the West of Iran earthquake victims were more than 150 people in the Iraqi province of Sulaymaniyah — around 40 people. Without housing there are about 70 thousand Iranians, reports RIA "Novosti" citing a source in the Iranian Red Crescent.

Many people have suffered in Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15 kilometers from the border, said the head of the rescue service of Iran PIR Hossein Coliand. The destruction observed in at least eight villages. The work of rescue complicate landslides, reports Russian service Bi-bi-si.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani instructed the Ministry of internal Affairs of the country to take urgent measures to provide the residents of the earthquake-affected areas with all necessary help.

The earthquake caused panic among the population, residents rushed from their homes into the streets. The mosque in the Iraqi capital Baghdad was broadcast prayers over the PA system.