Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills at least 200
Nasser Karimi and Amir Vahdat, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, November 12, 2017 2:40PM EST
Last Updated Monday, November 13, 2017 1:12AM EST
Iranian state TV is now reporting that 200 people were killed and 1,686 injured in the earthquake along Iran-Iraq border.
Monday’s report says that rescuers are trying to help those affected.
The magnitude 7.3 quake was centred 31 kilometres outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometres, a shallow depth that can have broader damage.
The quake was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. Its worst damage appeared to be in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq. Residents in the rural area rely mainly on farming to make a living.
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