A 7.Three-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border area between Iran and Iraq, killing at the least 214 folks and injuring greater than 2,800.
One Iranian badist company stated 70,000 folks wanted shelter after the quake, one of many largest this yr.
Most of those that died had been in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, officers advised state media.
At least seven extra died in Iraq, the place folks fled into the streets within the capital, Baghdad.
Mosques within the metropolis have been broadcasting prayers by loudspeakers.
“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” a Baghdad mother-of-three, Majida Ameer, advised Reuters information company.
“I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!'”
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The Iranian information company Isna quoted well being officers as saying 2,500 folks had been wounded.
Most of the victims had been within the city of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15km (10 miles) from the border, Iran’s emergency providers chief, Pir Hossein Koolivand was quoted as saying on Iranian state tv channel IRINN.
The city’s important hospital was severely broken, leaving it struggling to deal with lots of of wounded, state TV reported.
Many houses within the mountainous space are product of mud bricks and are liable to collapse in a major earthquake just like the one which struck on Sunday.
Damage was reported in at the least eight villages, the top of Iran’s Red Crescent Organisation, Morteza Salim, advised the channel.
“Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunications system has also been disturbed,” he stated.
Rescue groups had been being hampered by landslides, Mr Koolivand stated.
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On the Iraqi facet, essentially the most intensive harm was within the city of Darbandikhan, 75km (47 miles) east of the town of Sulaimaniyah within the Kurdistan Region.
“The situation there is very critical,” Kurdish Health Minister Rekawt Hama Rasheed advised Reuters.
The Iraqi ministry of well being stated 321 folks had been wounded within the Iraqi Kurdistan area.
The quake hit at 21:18 native time (18:18 GMT) about 19 miles (30km) southwest of Halabja, close to the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) stated.
It occurred at a comparatively shallow depth of 23.2 km (14.four miles), and tremors had been felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Iran sits throughout main fault strains and is liable to frequent earthquakes.