7.3 magnitude earthquake at border region between Iran and Iraq
International Desk2017-11-13 11:09:13
(BBC report): A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 135 people and injuring hundreds more. The death toll is likely to rise.
The earthquake sparked panic, with fears of aftershocks sending residents out into the streets.
Most 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 was quoted as saying on Iranian state television channel IRINN.
Head of Iran's Red Crescent Organisation Morteza Salim told, damage was reported in at least eight villages. Rescue teams were being hampered by landslides.
On the Iraqi side, the most extensive damage was in the town of Darbandikhan, 75km (47 miles) east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the Kurdistan Region.
Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed told 'The situation there is very critical'
The US Geological Survey (USGS) said, the quake hit 19 miles (30km) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran. The occurred at a depth of 33.9 km (21 miles), and tremors were felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Iran sits across major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes.