Iran: Latest Toll in the Powerful Earthquake on Iran-Iraq Border Reached 336 dead

11/13/2017 9:48:38 AM

People stand in the street after feeling aftershocks from an earthquake in Baghdad, Iraq.

People stand in the street after feeling aftershocks from an earthquake in Baghdad, Iraq.

 Iran's main news TV channel, 'Khabar' reported that the latest casualties in last night's killer quake in Iran-Iraq border area has reached 336 dead and 3950 wounded. 

 

But the Bloomberg reporting on November 13, 2017 said that the 7.3 magnitude earthquake has killed at least 220 people in both countries, while sending people fleeing their homes into the night which was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.

The casualty toll came after Iran's state television further raised the death toll on its side of the border, saying 214 people died and 2,504 were injured in Iran alone. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living.

The temblor killed at least seven people in Iraq and injured 321 there, all in the country's northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at a depth of 23.2 kilometers (14.4 miles), a shallow depth that can have broader damage. Magnitude 7 earthquakes on their own are capable of widespread, heavy damage.

The quake's worst damage appeared to be in Iran's western Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.

Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes into the night. More than 100 aftershocks followed.

Iran's state-run television reported the increase in fatalities early on Monday and said rescue work was continuing overnight and would accelerate during the daytime. Iran's Health Ministry put the number of injured at more than 2,500, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei offered his condolences on Monday morning and urged rescuers and all government agencies to do all they could to help those affected, state media reported.

The semi-official ILNA news agency said at least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the earthquake.

Officials announced that schools in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces would be closed on Monday because of the temblor.

In Iraq, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a directive for the country's civil defense teams and 'related institutions' to respond to the natural disaster. Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, an Interior Ministry spokesman, gave the casualty figures for Iraq. The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Irbil to Baghdad, where people fled into the streets of the capital.

The Iraqi city of Halabja, closest to the epicentre, is.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. The last major casualty earthquake in Iran struck in East Azerbaijan province in August 2012, killing over 300 people.