Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing more than one hundred people.

At least 141 people have died in western Iran’s Kermanshah province, officials told state media.

Six more have been reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise.

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that has struck Iraq’s northeast near the Iranian border continues to rise in Iran.

The death toll from a powerful earthquake that has struck Iraq’s northeast near the Iranian border continues to rise in Iran.

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Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Iranian officials say the temblor has left at least 141 people dead in the country’s western provinces. Hundreds of other Iranians have sustained injuries while rescue teams have been dispatched to the affected areas.

Iraqi officials also said the earthquake had killed six people inside the country and wounded 150 others.
The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets.

Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been saying prayers through loudspeakers.

Many 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, said, according to Iranian state television channel IRINN.

Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

Damage was reported in at least eight villages, the head of Iran’s Red Crescent Organization, Morteza Salim, told the channel.

“Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunications system has also been disturbed,” he said.

Rescue teams were being hampered by landslides, Mr Koolivand said.

The quake hit 19 miles (30km) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

The occurred at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles), and tremors were felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait.

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