November 12, 2017

IRAN/IRAQ BORDER: A 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Has Rocked This Area Sunday Evening. 61 Dead, More Than 200 Injured. Search and Rescue Underway. Felt From Lebanon To Abu Dabi Kuwait

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The Weather Channel
written by Staff and AP
Sunday November 12, 2017

At least 61 were killed and more than 200 were injured after a major 7.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the Iraq and Iran border region Sunday evening.

Iranian officials confirmed the death toll Sunday after the temblor caused panic among residents and structural damages, the Associated Press reports. Head of Iran's National Disaster Management Organization Esmail Najar said some people may be buried underneath rubble in the city.

At least six of the deaths were reported in Iran, according to AP. Officials also reported more than 50 were hurt in Sulaymaniyah province in Iraq and roughly 150 sustained injuries in Khanaquin City.

The quake was centered about 140 miles northeast of Baghdad, Iraq, and 320 miles west of Tehran, Iran. It struck at 9:18 p.m. Iraqi time.

In Kermanshah, Iran, the Head of the Crisis Management Organization said a number of people had been wounded by debris, the Mehr News Agency reports.

People abandoned their homes to run into the streets, reports. Electricity was cut off in Qasr-e Shirin. The windows of some homes were broken.

Posts on social media showed damaged buildings in areas impacted by the quake.
The temblor was also felt in Baghdad, Iraq, where cars came to a standstill, Al Jazeera reports.

"Baghdad is not prone to earthquakes, so when people began to come outside, the shock was visible on the face," Al Jazeera correspondent Imran Khan reported from the city. "For the first few seconds, I actually thought an explosion had taken place, but as it carried on - for up to a minute - I realized it was an earthquake."

Iranian news agency ILNA reported at least 14 provinces were affected by the quake, according to AP.

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