Many residents in Baghdad rushed out of houses and tall buildings in panic. "But then I heard everyone around me screaming 'Earthquake!'".
Several aftershocks also jolted the Iranian province of Kermanshah.
Following initial reports of Sunday's devastating. quake, Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani tweeted, "A real natural disaster has just added to the political, security, humanitarian and economic earthquakes to have hit Kurdistan & Iraq".
Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on state TV urging people to stay away from buildings and to avoid from using elevators, CNN reported.
Witnesses reported on social media that they felt the shocks as far as Baghdad and Mosul.
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