But the governor of Qasr-e Shirin, Faramarz Akbari, said only two people had died in the town and 25 others were injured.
The centre was reported by the USGS to be in the southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniya province, close to the Iranian border.
Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ said no destruction or damage occurred in Turkey from magnitude the natural disaster. Eventually, the rumble made its way to Irbil, where the anchor left his chair for safety.
Halabja, 10 miles from the Iranian border, is home to the chemical weapons attack by Saddam Hussein in 1988 that killed as many as 5,000 residents in what was called "Bloody Friday".
NASA's Halloween playlist will 'make your skin crawl'
In classic NASA fashion, the playlist also includes an explanation of what listeners are actually hearing in the sound clips. The eerie sound is similar to the emissions recorded on Earth during the aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere.
Former President Barack Obama Shows Up for Jury Duty
The official, who is not authorized to speak about the former president's jury duty, spoke on condition of anonymity. But some jurors were more impressed than inconvenienced by the fact that Obama showed up to perform his civic duty.
Clarksville Dental Center hosts annual Halloween candy buy back
Looking for an alternative to gorging on Halloween candy? You can donate candy at his office on November 1-2 from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. All the candy brought to Kool Smiles will be sent in care packages to USA troops overseas who can't be home for the holidays.