Over 300 killed, over 2000 injured in Iraq, Iran earthquake
Written by Morenike Adebayo on November 13, 2017
A seven-point-three magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran late on Sunday, killing at least three hundred and thirty people and injuring an estimated two thousand, five hundred and thirty more.
As aftershocks continued today and as rescuers sped up their operation, Iran’s state news agency IRNA confirmed the death toll, saying the injured remain in hospital.
The US Geological Survey said the 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.
Iranian media said rescue teams have been deployed in the area amid fears that 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 six-point-six magnitude earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam in southeastern Iran, killing some twenty-six thousand people.