earthquake in Iran-Iraq border: Iranians report at least 61 dead, 300 injured from quake
TEHRAN, Iran: A strong magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the area alongside the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing no less than 61 individuals and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official stated.
Iranian state TV stated Iraqi officers had reported six deaths and 200 accidents inside Iraq, although there was no official remark from Iraq’s authorities.
The US Geological Survey stated the quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outdoors the jap Iraqi metropolis of Halabja.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Information Community quoted the top of the nation’s emergency medical providers, Pirhossein Koulivand, as saying no less than 61 had been killed and 300 injured on Iran’s facet of the border.
Iranian state TV additionally stated Iraqi officers reported no less than six individuals useless inside Iraq, together with greater than 50 individuals injured in Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 in Khanaquin metropolis. No experiences had been instantly accessible from Iraq’s authorities.
Koulivand earlier instructed an area tv station that the earthquake knocked out electrical energy in Iran’s western cities of Mehran and Ilam. He additionally stated 35 rescue groups had been offering help.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a cellphone name with the Inside Ministry emphasised the necessity for optimum effort from officers.
Iranian social media was abuzz Sunday night time with posts of individuals evacuating their properties, significantly in Kermanshah and Ghasr-e Shirin.
The semi-official Iranian ILNA information company stated no less than 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the earthquake.
Officers introduced that colleges in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces can be closed Monday due to the tremor.
Iran sits on many main fault traces and is liable to near-daily quakes. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic metropolis of Bam, killing 26,000 individuals.