EARTHQUAKE HITS IRAN-IRAQ BORDER REGION, FELT IN BAGHDAD

An earthquake jolted the Iran-Iraq border region, on Thursday (today), at around 10.00 am, causing some panic in Baghdad and central Iraq, according to residents and state-run media.

The tremor hit the Iranian province of Kermanshah, where an earthquake killed 620 people in Nov, Iranian state TV said, adding that, rescue teams had been dispatched to the region.

"The quake jolted the city of Sumar that is located between Ilam and Kermanshah provinces. So far, no fatalities or injuries have been reported," a local official told Iranian TV.

Aftershocks continued to be felt in central Iraq, an hour after the initial tremor, causing residents to exit buildings in a hurry.

Iraqi state TV said, there were no reports of significant damage or fatalities in Baghdad, or the central provinces of Wasit and Diyala, where the tremor was also felt.

Electricity and internet services were not interrupted in the Iraqi capital.

The quake's magnitude was 5.5 on the Richter Scale, according to the United States Geological Survey.