Pow­er­ful quake on Irani­raq bor­der kills over 350

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TEHRAN: A pow­er­ful 7.3 mag­ni­tude earth­quake near the Iraq-iran bor­der killed over 350 peo­ple across both coun­tries, sent res­i­dents flee­ing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediter­ranean coast, au­thor­i­ties said on Mon­day.

Iran’s western Ker­man­shah prov­ince bore the brunt of the tem­blor Sun­day night, with au­thor­i­ties say­ing the quake killed 348 peo­ple in the coun­try and in­jured 6,603. Ker­man­shah is a ru­ral, moun­tain­ous re­gion where res­i­dents rely mainly on farm­ing.

In Iraq, the earth­quake killed at least seven peo­ple and in­jured 535, all in the coun­try’s north­ern Kur­dish re­gion, ac­cord­ing to Iraq’s In­te­rior Min­istry.

The quake was cen­tred 31 kilo­me­tres out­side the east­ern Iraqi city of Hal­abja, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent mea­sure­ments from the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey. It struck at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as peo­ple be­gan re­tir­ing for the night.

The earth­quake struck 23.2 kilo­me­tres be­low the sur­face, a shal­low depth that can am­plify dam­age. Mag­ni­tude 7 earth­quakes can be highly de­struc­tive.

Ira­nian so­cial me­dia and news agen­cies showed images and videos of peo­ple flee­ing their homes. More than 100 af­ter­shocks fol­lowed.

The quake’s worst dam­age ap­peared to be in the town of Sar­pol-e-za­hab in Ker­man­shah prov­ince, which sits in the Za­gros Moun­tains that di­vide Iran and Iraq.

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