An quake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.4 jolted northern Iraq Sunday.
Still, Blakeman added, the region has many towns and villages.
At least 61 people died and more than 300 people were injured in Iran when a magnitude 7.2 natural disaster hit near the Iran-Iraq border region, according to Iranian officials.
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The epicenter of the quake is 32 kilometers southwest of Halabja near the Iranian border, data from the USGS website showed.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck 15.5 miles beneath the surface about 20 miles from Halabjah, Iraq.
A 12-year-old boy was killed and over 50 people were injured in Iraq, according to the official statements.
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Bam in the country's southeastern province of Kerman witnessed a strong quake in December 2003 which killed 31,000 people.
"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq ... eight villages were damaged ... electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas", TV reported.
Shocks were felt in Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.
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The centre was reported by the USGS to be in the southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniya province, close to the Iranian border. In the town of Diyarbakir, locals also left their homes before returning.