A 5.3-magnitude earthquake was felt straddling the Iraq and Iran border at 6:03 p.m. UTC.
The event was felt in Mandali, Iraq, 41 km (25 miles) away, Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran, 44km (27 miles) away, Al Miqdadiyah, Iraq, 62 km (39 miles) away, Kifri, Iraq, 85 km (53 miles away and in Baghdad, Iraq, 140 km (87 miles) away.
The exact location of the quake was at 34.127°N 45.590°E at a depth of 10.2 km.
Aftershocks are to be expected, but so far there are no reports in of any damage or injuries from either side of the border.
This article will be updated as more news is received.
By Anne Sewell