Powerful Earthquake Hits Iran-Iraq Border

Monday, November 13, 2017 - 09:11

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the northern border region between Iran and Iraq at 9.20pm local time on Sunday.

According to an ISCA report, The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 pm local time on Sunday (0040 GMT on Monday), was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Most of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15km (10 miles) from the border, Iran's emergency services chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand was quoted as saying on Iranian state television channel IRINN.

Damage was reported in at least eight villages, the head of Iran's Red Crescent Organisation, Morteza Salim, told state TV.

Behnam Sa’eedi, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) of Iran, said on Monday morning that 141 Iranians had been confirmed dead until then. Another 1,684 people had been injured, he said.

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