Powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake on Iran-Iraq border reaches Israel

An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was felt throughout Israel Sunday evening. The source was a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Iraqi-Iranian border.
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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake was felt throughout Israel this (Sunday) evening, particularly in the center of the country. The Seismology Division of the Geophysical Institute of Israel confirmed reports that the northern and southern parts of the country also felt the tremors. "The lamps rocked and the light fixtures were spinning," Naama Baruch told Channel 2 News. No damage or injuries have been reported thus far.

The earthquake felt in Israel was caused by a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraqi-Iranian border earlier this evening. Some villages and cities in Iran and Iraq have temporarily lost power and officials have warned that people stay out in the streets ahead of the anticipated aftershocks.

4.5 magnitude earthquake rocks Israel Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The US Geological Survey issued an "orange alert" for "shaking-related fatalities and economic losses." According to their site, "significant casualties and damages are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread." Reports indicate that Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates also felt the quake.

In light of the surprising earthquake, Israel's Home Front Command reiterated its guidelines for safe behavior during an earthquake and noted that people will be safest in open areas.



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