More than 130 dead in Iran-Iraq border earthquake

Written by: J.R. | 13 Nov 2017 11:13
At least 1,000 people were injured in the quake. Reuters pic
Written by:
13 Nov 2017 11:13

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed more than a 130 people in Iran, Iranian officials said.

State-run Press TV reported at least 130 people were killed in Iran, citing the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, Mojtaba Nikkerdar.

Citing the head of Iran's emergency services, Iran's semi-official news agency Fars News said at least 1,000 people were injured in the quake.

    Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN.
    Shocks were also felt in Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.

    The temblor, centred about 350 kilometres (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according to the US Geological Survey.

    The quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, according to video from AFP. 
    Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was closely following the situation of the country's citizens, a statement from his office said.

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