Dozens killed, 1,000+ injured as 7.3 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border region

RT – November 12, 2017

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake and several aftershocks have struck on the border of Iran and Iraq. Dozens of people were killed in the two countries and hundreds more injured, according to local officials.

At least 141 people were killed and over 850 injured in Iran, said a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization,Behnam Saeedi, but the exact number of casualties is yet to be determined. At least 97 people were killed and over 200 injured in Iran’s Kermanshah province alone, according to local officials.

Across the border in Iraq, at least four people died in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, according to the Kurdish health minister. At least 50 people were injured in the town of Darbandikhan in Sulaymaniyah province alone, spokesperson for the suburban districts, Iqbal Mohammed, told Rudaw.

The epicenter of the quake was located some 25 km below the surface, according to the USGS. The earthquake was initially reported by the USGS as being of 7.2 magnitude.