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Monday, 13 November 2017

Deadly powerful Iran-Iraq earthquake: More than 300 die in heavy tremor

Iranians mourn over the body of a victim following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's western province of Kermanshah.
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, killing More than 300 people have died and at least 4,000 people have been injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late Sunday. The quake was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan.

As aftershocks continued on Monday and as rescuers sped up their operation, Iran's state news agency IRNA confirmed the death toll, saying at least 382 of the injured remain in hospital.

 The US Geological Survey (USGS) said Sunday's powerful quake hit close to Halabjah, southeast of Sulaymaniyah, a city in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq.
The tremor, which was felt as far away as Qatar, struck at 9:18pm local time (18:18) GMT. Its epicentre was at a depth of 33.9km.

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Most of the victims are believed to be in the Iranian town of Sarpol-e Zahab.

More than 300 people have died and at least 4,000 people have been injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late Sunday. The quake was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan.

Most of the deaths reported have been in Iran, though seven people are reported to have died in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq.
Around 100 of the dead are believed to be from one town in Iran's Kermanshah province, the country's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

The earthquake hit late Sunday night with the epicenter across the Iraq-Iran border.
A man reacts following the earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah, Iran [Tasnim News Agency/Reuters]
The quake, which reached a depth of 23 km (just over 14 miles) according to the US Geological Survey, was felt across the region with aftershocks hitting Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.

IRNA has published more photos showing the destruction the earthquake wrought on Sarpol-e Zahab, Iran.

Iraq's Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.

Iranian media said rescue teams deployed in the area amid fears the death toll will rise.
Crossed by several major fault lines, Iran is one of the world's most seismically active countries.

In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran, killing some 26,000 people.
 State media outlet IRNA publishes photos showing earthquake destruction in Kermanshah Province.
On the other side of the border, Sulaymaniyah officials declared an emergency in the early hours of Monday to assess the aftermath of the quake, according to local Kurdish media.

At least seven people were killed in Iraq, reports said, citing Iraq's interior ministry.

Turkey was among the first countries to respond.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said on Twitter that it was sending 20 search and rescue personnel to Iraq, as well as humanitarian relief supplies.

Al Jazeera's Imran Khan, reporting from the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, said cars came to a standstill in the city as the buildings began to sway.

"Baghdad is not prone to earthquakes so when people began to come outside, the shock was visible on the faces," he said.

"For the first few seconds, I actually thought an explosion had taken place, but as it carried on - for up to a minute - I realised it was an earthquake," he added.

Iranians mourn over the body of a victim following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's western province of Kermanshah.
A man checks the interior of a damaged house after an earthquake in the city of Darbandikhan.


Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted Monday that he "instructed civil defense teams and health and aid agencies to do all that they can to provide assistance" to those affected by the quake.

Meanwhile in Iran, the country's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei sent a message of condolence and urged military and civilian help to be dispatched to quake victims.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard were reportedly traveling to the affected areas to help with rescue efforts, according to Iran's semi state-run Tasnim news agency.

In Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region four people were killed in Darbandikhan, where a dam was hit by falling rocks. Rahman Shikhani, the head of the Darbandikhan Dam told CNN that cracks were spotted in the upper part of the structure but there was no water leakage.



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