Published on : Monday, November 13, 2017
Deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 hit the region along the border with Iraq on Sunday, claiming the death of more than 200 people and injuring nearly 1,700 in Iran, which is no doubt the repetition of 2003 magnitude earthquake which snatched more than 26000 people.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the massive deadly earthquake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja. It is reported that initially 141 people had been killed in cities and towns in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.
The Iraqi officials reported at least six people dead in Iraq, along with more than 50 people injured in Sulaymaniya province and about 150 in Khanaqin city.
The head of emergency medical services of Iran, Pirhossein Koulivand said that the earthquake knocked out electricity in the western cities of Mehran and Ilam. He also said 35 rescue teams were providing assistance.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a phone call with the Interior Ministry, emphasized the need for maximum effort from officials.
The Iranian officials announced that schools in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces would be closed Monday because of the temblor. Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes.