At least 61 people are dead after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, an Iranian news agency reports. Hundreds more are injured.
The earthquake, centered about 217 miles north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according to the US Geological Survey.
Shocks were also felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported. Ref. CNN.