Tehran: An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 on Richter scale struck western Iran near its border with Iraq on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. Initially, there were no reports of casualties. However, reports suggest many are feared dead. Also Read - 'US Has Lost Best Opportunity to Lift Sanctions on Iran,' Says President Rouhani

The earthquake hit near Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province on Sunday night. The epicenter of the quake was 17 kilometers southwest of the city. Also Read - Not Only Cow Urine, World is Falling Prey to Methanol, Volcanic Ash to Fight Coronavirus

State television in Iran reported the quake, saying it had magnitude of 6.4. Also Read - With Death Toll Over 1500, Iran Blames US For Spreading Coronavirus

Varying magnitudes are common in the immediate aftermath of a temblor.

The earthquake was shallow, which can cause severe damage. It was felt as far as Baghdad, the Iraqi capital.

A strong earthquake of 7.3 magnitude hit the same area in November 2017. At least 400 people were killed in the incident.

(Inputs from PTI)