Iran: At least 61 killed, 300 in­jured from quake

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A pow­er­ful mag­ni­tude 7.2 earth­quake hit the re­gion along the bor­der be­tween Iran and Iraq on Sun­day, killing at least 61 peo­ple and in­jur­ing 300 in Iran, an Ira­nian of­fi­cial said.

Ira­nian state TV said Iraqi of­fi­cials had re­ported six deaths and 200 in­juries in­side Iraq, though there was no of­fi­cial com­ment from Iraq's gov­ern­ment.

The U.S. Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey said the quake was cen­tered 19 miles (31 kilo­me­ters) out­side the east­ern Iraqi city of Hal­abja.

The Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran News Net­work quoted the head of the coun­try's emer­gency med­i­cal ser­vices, Pirhos­sein Kouli­vand, as say­ing at least 61 had been killed and 300 in­jured on Iran's side of the bor­der.

Ira­nian state TV also said Iraqi of­fi­cials re­ported at least six peo­ple dead in­side Iraq, along with more than 50 peo­ple in­jured in Su­lay­maniyah prov­ince and about 150 in Khanaquin city. Kouli­vand ear­lier told a lo­cal tele­vi­sion sta­tion that the earth­quake knocked out elec­tric­ity in Iran's western cities of Mehran and Ilam. He also said 35 res­cue teams were pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance.

Ira­nian Pres­i­dent Has­san Rouhani in a phone call with the In­te­rior Min­istry em­pha­sized the need for max­i­mum ef­fort from of­fi­cials. Ira­nian so­cial me­dia was abuzz Sun­day night with posts of peo­ple evac­u­at­ing their homes.

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