The epicenter of the large quake was located southeast of the Iraqi city of As-Sulaymaniyah, according to the US Geological Survey(USGS).

While the full extent of the damage is unclear, a number of images have emerged purportedly showing the exact moment the quake hit.

Kurdish Rudaw Media Network has obtained footage of people fleeing a cafe as the ground beneath them shakes with the power of the 7.2 earthquake. A second clip appears to show how the Kurdistan channel’s news was interrupted by a series of terrifying tremors.

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