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USGS: Iraq's Sulaimaniya Hit by Magnitude-5.3 Earthquake

USGS: Iraq's Sulaimaniya Hit by Magnitude-5.3 Earthquake

Saturday, 11 May, 2019 - 12:00
A crack is seen on a road after an earthquake at the Darbandikhan Dam, near the city of Sulaimaniyah, in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Iraq, on November 13, 2017. (REUTERS/Ako Rasheed)
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A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya on Saturday, according to the US Geological Survey.

Local medics noted that no injuries were reported and officials said there was no significant material damage.

USGS said the quake occurred 71 km southeast of the city at a depth of 10 km, Reuters reported.

According to Sulaimaniya’s seismic monitoring office, it took place near the town of Darbandikhan and was felt in several other towns nearby.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.1 and shook the border town of Ezgeleh, but that there were no immediate reports of damage, some media reported in neighboring Iran said.

“This earthquake occurred in Iraq and was felt in Ezgeleh, and thankfully so far no damage has been reported,” provincial emergency management head Jalil Balayi told the semi-official news agency Mehr.

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