A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iraq-Iran border on Sunday, November 12th and at least 300 people are now dead with over 1,000 people injured as of the latest count.
Death toll in Iran-Iraq border earthquake rises to 335, officials say, with thousands more injuredhttps://t.co/qkYfpc1YVl
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) November 13, 2017
Rescuers are now leading efforts to find dozens of people trapped under rubble in both countries.
“There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won’t rise too much, but it will rise,” said Mojtaba Nikkerdar.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the epicenter of the earthquake was about 20 miles southwest of the city of Halabjah and measured 7.2 on the Richter scale. Meanwhile, just over the border in Iran, a 7.3 magnitude earthquake registered in Azgaleh.
The Iranian official in charge of the country’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, reportedly said that the earthquake knocked out electricity in Iran’s western cities of Mehran and Ilam. Koulivand also said 35 rescue teams were providing assistance.
— MediaNewsCenter (@MediaNewsCenter) November 12, 2017
On social media inside Iran, many were posting videos of people evacuating their homes, especially from the cities of Ghasr-e Shirin – near the Iraqi border – and Kermanshah.
Iran known to be prone to earthquakes because it sits on many major fault lines, and earthquakes in the region are a common occurrence. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude devastated the city of Bam, Iran, killing 26,000 people. Sadly, many houses in rural parts of Iran are made of mud bricks, which are known to crumble easily during heavy earthquakes.
Damage caused by the 7.3-magnitude Iran-Iraq earthquake is captured on mobile. At least 135 people have died and hundreds more are injured . Landslides are hindering rescue efforts https://t.co/H3bZLgWsMS pic.twitter.com/drPbO9Zw31
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 13, 2017
Now, water and electricity lines have been severed in some villages and cities in the Western Kermanshah province of Iran.
Posts on social media from Kuwait, Israel, and Dubai have also reported feeling tremors from the earthquake.
— Imran Rafiq (@imranbird) November 12, 2017
Video of trembling in Israel after powerful earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border area short time ago. pic.twitter.com/oYKMCAmm91
— Israel Breaking (@IsraelBreaking) November 12, 2017
— Habeeb Azmath (@mdhauk) November 12, 2017