Earthquake hits Iran-Iraq border, kills about 400
Well above 6,500 people have been injured in the 7.3-magnitude quake that was felt by people in a massive area spanning several countries in the region
TEHRAN/BAGHDAD: A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing about 400 people, almost all of them in Iran.
The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 pm local time on Sunday (0010 GMT on Monday), was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
But the highest casualties occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province.
According to official tallies, 395 Iranians were confirmed dead as of Monday afternoon. Over 6,650 others were also injured.
The National Disaster Management Organization of Iran said earlier that power cuts had been reported in Kermanshah Province. A number of villages in western Iran have also seen destruction of varying degrees. Leader orders swift rescue operations Soon after the quake occurred, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued a message calling on all Iranian officials and institutions to “rush to the aid of those affected in these early hours [after the incident].”
BAGHDAD/TEHRAN: Residents huddle by a fire in an open area following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake at Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province, early on November 13, 2017. Damaged buildings are seen in the background.