Iran quake sur­vivors spend sec­ond night in open air

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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.

To­tally de­stroyed

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.

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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.

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