Death toll in Iran-Iraq earth­quake reaches 445; thou­sands in­jured

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - MILWAUKEE WISCONSIN -

TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s semi-of­fi­cial Tas­nim news agency is re­port­ing that 445 peo­ple were killed and 7,370 in­jured in the Sun­day earth­quake along the Iran-Iraq bor­der.

Of­fi­cial re­ports had put the death toll at 407. There was no elab­o­ra­tion on the dis­crep­ancy in Tas­nim’s re­port, though dou­ble-count­ing is com­mon in the af­ter­math of such emer­gency sit­u­a­tions in Iran.

More than half the ca­su­al­ties are from the Kur­dish-ma­jor­ity town of Sar­pol-e Za­hab in Ker­mansh prov­ince. The only hos­pi­tal in the town was heav­ily dam­aged, and the army set up field hos­pi­tals.

The mag­ni­tude 7.3 quake was cen­tered 19 miles out­side the east­ern Iraqi city of Hal­abja, ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent mea­sure­ments from the U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey.

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