baghdad - Panic has developed in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad after an earthquake. That report Iraqi state media.
According to the US seismological service USGS, the quake had a force of 5.5. The epicenter was almost 140 kilometers east of the city. Residents of the city fled their homes and buildings during the quake and the aftershocks around 8 am Dutch time in panic, witnesses say.
According to the state television there are no reports of major damage or casualties. The electricity supply and the internet connections are not interrupted by the natural violence.
Earlier in the day, the West Iranian border region Kermanshah was hit by an earthquake with a force of 5. 6. So far, no victims have been reported, according to the Iranian state television.
In November, the border region of Iran and Iraq was hit by a powerful earthquake that killed at least 530 people in Iran and six people in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.