A massive earthquake struck near the northeastern Iraqi city of Halabjah, east of Erbil, along the border with Iran Sunday night, in the autonomous region of Kurdistan.
The quake, which measured 7.3 on the Richter scale, was felt in cities hundreds of miles away across the Middle East in Turkey, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and even Israel.
The US Geological Survey, which originally rated the earthquake as 7.2, only to revise it upwards to 7.3, said the quake hit at 9:18 p.m. local time (8:18 p.m. Jerusalem time) at a depth of just under 34 kilometers (21 miles).
In Tel Aviv, more than 600 miles from the epicenter, locals reported the quake, while residents across central Israel say the tremor rattled homes, though no injuries have been reported.
Recording stations in Haifa in northern Israel and Beer Sheva in southern Israel measured a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale.
East of the epicenter, Iranian state television reported that at least eight villages in the Islamic republic had suffered damage in the quake, and that power was out in a number of border provinces.