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Powerful earthquake in Iraq kills at least 61 in Iran

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By Darran Simon CNN 

(CNN) -- [Breaking news update at 5:56 p.m. ET]

At least 61 people in Iran were killed by Sunday's 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, according to Iran's semi-official news agency Fars News. Citing the head of Iran's Emergency Services, Fars News says at least 300 people are injured in Iran following the quake.

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At least six people were dead Sunday after a 7.3 earthquake struck the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border.

Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN. Two people have died in the city of Qasr-e Shirin, Iranian TV reported, citing the country's emergency services.

The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according the US Geological Survey.

Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.

Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.

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CNN's Kay Guerrero, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Flora Charner, Hande Atay Alam and Alaa Elassar contributed this report from Atlanta. Shirzad Bozorgmehr contributed from Tehran, Iran and Mohammad Jambaz from Erbil, Iraq.

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