The Geophysical Institute of Israel confirmed that an earthquake was felt across the country after a 7.2 magnitude quake hit north of Baghdad at the depth of 34 kilometers below surface. According to Israeli media, people living in the cities of Petah Tikva, Kiryat Ono and Ra'anana felt their, windows, lamps and furniture shaking.
Reports on the extent of the quake vary, and the magnitude of the earthquake is not yet known, nor have injuries or damage been reported.
The US Geological Survey put the quake at 7.3 magnitude, which placed the epicenter southwest of the city of Halabja along the Iraq-Iran border.
At least eight villages were damaged in Iran, Iran's state TV reported, and at least six people were killed and many injured in the Western Iranian town of Qasr-e Shirin
"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq ... Eight villages were damaged ... Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas," TV reported.
Israel's security forces and emergency services conducted a drill focused on sharpening cooperation among agencies in the event of a major earthquake in June.
A major earthquake is statistically due in the region with a serious one arriving every 80-100 years. The last major earthquake to hit the region was in 1927, which claimed the lives of around 500 people.