Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 330, injures thousands

Monday, 13 November 2017, 06:21:42 PM. A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.
A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran's state-run news agency reported the quake killed 328 people in the country. State television said some 3,950 were injured. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living. A man walks past a damaged building in Darbandikhan in Sulaimaniya Governorate, Iraq. While a handful of people died in Iraq, the number of casualties on the Iranian side of the border was far higher. (Ako Rasheed/Reuters) The earthquake killed at least seven people in Iraq and injured 535 there, all in the country's northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry. The magnitude 7.3 quake was centred 31 kilometres outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometres, a shallow depth that can have broader damage. Magnitude 7 earthquakes on their own are capable of widespread, heavy damage. More than 100 aftershocks Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes into the night. More than 100 aftershocks followed. The quake's worst damage appeared to be in...Read more
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