At least 348 killed, thousands injured in earthquake near Iran-Iraq border


Posted on: November 13th, 2017 by ABC News No Comments

Ingram/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — At least 348 people were killed and over 6,000 injured in Iran in a powerful earthquake that struck the Iran-Iraq border region Sunday, Iran’s state-run news agency reports.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded that the 7.3-magnitude quake struck around 19 miles from the Iraqi city of Halabjah, at a depth of 14 miles.

According to the USGS, there were two smaller quakes in the area after the 1:18 p.m. ET quake: a 5.3-magnitude quake at 1:29 p.m. ET at a depth of 6 miles, and a 4.5-magnitude quake at 4:33 p.m. ET, also at a depth of 6 miles.

In the city of Ghasr-e Shirin, near the Iraq border, at least six people have died, said governor Faramarz Akbari, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

In Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the health department in the city of Darbandikhan said that three people had died and 40 people had been wounded.

The manager of the Derbandikhan dam told ABC News surface cracks were visible on the dam and that people near the Sirwan River there had been warned to leave as a precaution.

At least 100 people have been injured across Iraqi Kurdistan.

ABC News’ Dyar Mohammed Rafiq contributed to this report.

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