Iran hunts for survivors as quake kills 415 near Iraq border

- Agence France-Presse, TEHRAN

Nov 14, 2017-

Teams of Iranian rescuers dug through rubble in a hunt for survivors on Monday after a major earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, killing at least 415 people and injuring thousands.

The 7.3-magnitude quake rocked a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday. Many people would have been at home when the quake hit in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, where authorities said it killed at least 407 people and injured 6,700. Across the border in Iraq, the health ministry said eight people had died and several hundred were injured.

Published: 14-11-2017 07:23

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