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Iraq earthquake caught on camera during live TV interview

Iraq earthquake caught on camera during live TV interview
Moment Iraqi Kurdistan earthquake hit was captured on live TV (Picture: @slmhktn)

This is the moment the earthquake which hit Iraq tonight was captured on a Kurdish news channel.

During a live interview on Rudaw TV between a host and a commentator in Kurdistan, the set started shaking.

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The worried guest was caught on camera leaving the set when the 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit this afternoon.

Employees of the station later took photos of the devastation in Halabja, where they are based.

Both the host and guest are believed to be safe and the footage has quickly gone viral on Twitter.

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Pictues: @slmhktn
The worried guest looked across the stricken city before he left the studio (Picture: @slmhktn)

So far, at least 30 people have reportedly died and around 200 have been injured following the quake.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Iraq and western Iran, according to an initial assessment reported by Iranian state television.

At least 30 dead and 200 injured as 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iraq

Health officials said most of the wounded were in Darbandikhan, 75 kilometres (47 miles) east of the major city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.

The district’s main hospital was severely damaged and had no power, Kurdistan Regional Government’s Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed said.

The injured are being taken to Sulaimaniyah for treatment.

Turkey stands ready to provide search and rescue teams & send humanitarian aid for earthquake victims in #Iraq. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Iraqi brothers and sisters.

— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu (@MevlutCavusoglu) November 12, 2017

Turkey has offered help to Iraq residents by providing search and rescue teams as well as humanitarian aid.

Residents living in tower blocks were told to evacuate their homes across the region, even as far as Kuwait.

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