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

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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.

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