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 - Breaking: 4.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Karnataka's Gulbarga | Check Details Here

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 - Breaking: 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake Hit Afghanistan's Fayzabad | Check Details Here

State television in Iran reported the quake, saying it had magnitude of 6.4. Also Read - Breaking: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tokyo, Tremors Felt Across Japan

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)