Iran quake survivors spend second night in open air
and tons of food and water had been agency said 30 Red Crescent teams had been sent to the area.
Hundreds of ambulances and dozens of army helicopters were reported to have joined the rescue effort after Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the government and armed forces to mobilize “all their means.”
the roads in Kermanshah province had been re-opened, although the worst-affected town of Sar-e Pol-e Zahab remained without electric- ity, said state television.
At least 280 people were killed in the town, home to some 85,000 their former facades now rubble on crumpled vehicles.
The tremor shook several western Iranian cities including Tabriz and was also felt in southeastern Turkey, an Agence France-presse correspondent said. In the town of Diyarbakir, residents were reported
Several villages were totally destroyed in Iran’s Dalahoo County, the Tasnim news agency reported. Five historical monuments in Kermanshah suffered minor damage, but the UNESCO-listed Behistun inscription from the seventh century BC was not affected, the ISNA agency said.
Nizar Abdullah spent Sunday night with neighbors sifting through the ruins of a two-storey into concrete debris.
“There were eight people inside,” the 34-year-old Iraqi Kurd said.
Some family members managed to escape, but “neighbors and rescue workers pulled out the mother and one of the children dead from the rubble.”
The quake, which struck at a relatively shallow depth of 23 kilometers, was felt for about 20 seconds in Baghdad, and for longer in other provinces of Iraq, Agence France-Presse journalists said.
It struck along a 1,500-kilometre fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, which northeastern Iraq.
The area sees frequent seismic activity.
In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble.
Thirteen years later, a cata of the ancient southeastern Iranian city of Bam, killing at least 31,000.
major quake disasters since, one in 2005 that killed more than 600 and another in 2012 that left some 300 dead.
DAY AFTER People gather around a leveled building in the mountainous town of Darbandikhan in Iraqi Kurdistan on Monday, following a 7.3-magnitude quake that hit the Iraq-Iran border area.