At least six killed in Iran, Iraq after quake

USGSThe earthquake struck close to Iraq's eastern border with Iran

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. Two more people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70km south of Darbandikhan.

Meanwhile, the quake was reported to be magnitude-7.2 according to the United States Geological Survey and magnitude-7.6 according to European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).

As a result of the quake, 138 people were injured in Iran, the figure may increase, the dead data is not yet available, a source in the Iranian Red Crescent told RIA Novosti.

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U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster has hit Iraq near the city of Sulaymaniyah. There has been no official report from Iraq's government.

Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying there were fears that casualties in villages and small towns could be high.

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency medical services, told a local television station that the quake led to a power outage in the country's western cities of Mehran and Ilam.

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Bam in the country's southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.

The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces had been impacted by the natural disaster.

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