Quake kills 430 in Ira­nian bor­der re­gion

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Res­cuers dug with their bare hands Mon­day through the de­bris of build­ings felled by an earth­quake that killed more than 430 peo­ple in the bor­der re­gion of Iran and Iraq, with nearly all the ca­su­al­ties oc­cur­ring in an area re­built af­ter their ru­inous 1980s war.

The mag­ni­tude-7.3 earth­quake struck Sun­day at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as peo­ple were go­ing to bed. The worst dam­age ap­peared to be in the Kur­dish town of Sar­pol-e-Za­hab in the western Ira­nian prov­ince of Ker­man­shah, which sits in the Za­gros Moun­tains that di­vide the two coun­tries.

Res­i­dents fled with­out time to grab their pos­ses­sions as apart­ment com­plexes col­lapsed into rub­ble. Out­side walls of some build­ings were sheared off, power and wa­ter lines were sev­ered, and tele­phone ser­vice was dis­rupted. Res­i­dents dug fran­ti­cally through wrecked build­ings for sur­vivors as they wailed. Fire­fight­ers from Tehran joined other res­cuers in the des­per­ate search, us­ing dogs to in­spect the rub­ble.

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