Monday, November 13, 2017

Powerful quake strikes border area of Iraq and Iran, killing at least 133

Powerful quake strikes border area of Iraq and Iran, killing at least 133
Powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the border area between Iran and Iraq on Sunday night, causing at least 133 deaths and hundreds of injured in both countries.

The quake occurred near the town of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, some 14 km from the Iranian border and had a depth of 11 kilometers, according to the Iranian Seismological Center. The tremor was felt both in Tehran and Baghdad, as well as in further away places such as Kuwait.


  1. A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked last night the western areas in Iran, killing more than 328 people and injuring thousands.

    Spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization Behnam Saidi said “The number of victims to the west of the country reached 328 while 2530 were injured.”

    Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas.

  2. The head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) said eight cities and 526 villages in the western province of Kermanshah have been damaged in Sunday’s 7.3-magnitude earthquake that killed at least 348 people and injured thousands.

    Morteza Salimi said on Monday that eight cities, including Kermanshah, Qasr-e-Shirin, Salas-e Babajani, Gilan-e-Gharb, Sarpol-e Zahab, Dalahu, Eslamabad-e Gharb and Javanrud have been damaged by the quake.

    About 138,000 people were living within a 50 km radius of the earthquake's epicenter, he said, adding that 33,379 households have been affected by the temblor.

    Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Governor of Dalahu County Moradali Tatar said following the massive earthquake on Sunday night, some villages of the county have been 100 percent destroyed.


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