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Monday, November 13, 2017

Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE

Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE

No fewer than 328 people have died and more than 5,300 have been injured after a huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the Iran/Iraq border.

The quake was felt as far away as Turkey, Kuwait, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. The majority of those killed were from the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's western Kermanshah province, Deputy Gov. Mojtaba Nikkerdar of Iran's Kermanshah province said. He also said more than 200 people suffered injuries.
"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.
Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE

Kurdish health officials also said at least four people were killed in Iraq and there were 50 injured. Photos from Iran have shown buildings reduced to rubble.
"The quake was felt in several Iranian provinces bordering Iraq ... Eight villages were damaged ... Electricity has been cut in some villages and rescue teams have been dispatched to those areas," TV reported.
Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE

The tremors began at about 9.30 p.m. local time late on Sunday night in Iraq. Many residents in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, told of how they rushed out of their houses in panic.
"I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air," said Majida Ameer, who ran out of her building in the capital's Salihiya district with her three children. 
"I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: 'Earthquake!'"

Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAEDeath toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE
Death toll in massive earthquake near Iran-Iraq border rises to 328 as tremors reach Turkey and UAE

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