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Officials raise Iran-Iraq earthquake death toll to at least 530

Iranian officials have raised the death toll from Sunday’s earthquake of 7.3 magnitude on its border with Iraq to at least 530, making it the deadliest in the world this year.

Mohammad-Ali Monshizadeh, an official from Kermanshah province, told the Irna state news agency: “Up to now, we have issued 430 death certificates … but an estimated number of 100 to 150 more people have been buried in quake-stricken villages and towns without permission … which raises the overall death toll to between 530 to 580 in Kermanshah.”

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Global News -
Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq earthquake kills more than 400

Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies.

READ MORE: Iran-Iraq border earthquake leaves more than 400 dead, thousands injured. The quake also damaged an army garrison and buildings in the border city and killed an unspecified number of soldiers, according to reports.


CBS News -
More than 400 killed in earthquake near Iran-Iraq border

Authorities set up relief camps and hundreds lined up to donate blood in Tehran, though some on state TV complained about the slowness of aid coming.

It damaged an army garrison and buildings in the border city and killed an unspecified number of soldiers, according to reports. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei immediately dispatched all government and military forces to aid those affected.


LA Times -
Over 400 dead from earthquake in Iran-Iraq border area

Rescuers dug with their bare hands Monday through the debris of buildings brought down by a powerful earthquake that killed more than 400 people in the once-contested mountainous border region between Iraq and Iran, with nearly all of the victims in an area rebuilt since the end of the ruinous 1980s war.

Sunday night's magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck about 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.


DW -
Squashed between Arabia and Eurasia - why the ground shakes so often in Iran

While there are examples of historical quakes in the larger region of Iran and Iraq, none have occurred in that specific part of the mountain range.

"What is special about Iran is that the seismic belt in the collision zone extends to a very vast area," seismologist Torsten Dahm from the German Research Center for Geosciences, GFZ Potsdam, told Deutsche Welle. In 2006,  there was a tremor of magnitude 5.8 directly at the strait of Hormus, and in 2010 another one far in the south - in the province of Kerman.


BBC -
Iran-Iraq quake is 2017's deadliest

The quake hit at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) about 30km south-west of Halabja, near the north-eastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

This modelling work is based on factors such as the size of the quake, population density and what is known about local construction methods. It's inexact work, but the first bulletins suggested this event could produce many hundreds of deaths and perhaps thousands of injured individuals.


Washington Post -
Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake tops 300, state media says

More than 300 people have been killed and nearly 6,000 wounded in a powerful earthquake that jolted the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, Iranian state media reported.

The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said Monday that 341 people had been killed and 5,953 injured mainly in Iran’s western provinces after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iraqi side of the border, sending seismic shock waves as far as Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey.


CTV -
Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 300

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region killed over 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities reported on Monday.

In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country's northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.


Fox News -
Iran-Iraq earthquake kills hundreds, officials say

The last major casualty earthquake in Iran struck in East Azerbaijan province in August 2012, killing over 300 people.

In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country's northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry. The quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.


BBC -
Iran and Iraq quake kills more than 200

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 221 people and injuring more than 5,660.

The quake hit at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) about 19 miles (30km) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It occurred at a relatively shallow depth of 23.2 km (14.4 miles), and tremors were felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait.


CTV -
Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 200

A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing 207 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.

A rescue worker searches debris for survivors with his sniffing dog after an earthquake at the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. Associated Press writers Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Susannah George in Irbil, Iraq, contributed to this report.


New York Times -
Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 200 Near Border

Iranians spent the night digging through rubble in a frantic search for survivors, hours after a powerful earthquake struck near the Iraqi border on Sunday evening, killing more than 200 people, officials said.

Shiite pilgrims in the Iraqi city of Kerbala, for the annual religious commemoration of Arba’een, posted videos of people gathering on the streets after the earthquake occurred.


CBS News -
Iran-Iraq border earthquake death toll tops 200, Iran says

A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing some 200 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.

The last major casualty earthquake in Iran struck in East Azerbaijan province in August 2012, killing over 300 people.


LA Times -
Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills 207 people

A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing 207 people and injuring 1,686 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, Iranian state media said.

The Baghdad government did not immediately give word on casualties in that country, though Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi issued a directive for the country's civil defense teams and "related institutions" to respond to the natural disaster.


CTV -
Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 140

A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing more than 140 people and injuring 860 in the mountainous region of Iran alone, state media there said.

The 7.3-magnitude quake was centered 31 kilometres outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. The Baghdad government did not immediately give word on damage or casualties in that country.


DW -
Earthquake hits Iraq-Iran border, leaves scores dead, hundreds injured

At least 129 people have died and 300 were injured after an earthquake shook the border region between Iraq and Iran on Sunday, according to authorities in both countries.

Measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, the quake destroyed thousands of buildings and left at least 200,000 people dead.


CBS News -
Iraq-Iran earthquake kills at least 60, injures 300 others, official says

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iranian officials say the powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake that hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday killed at least 61 people and injured 300 in Iran.

Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran's emergency medical services, told a local television station that the earthquake led to a power outage in the country's western cities of Mehran and Ilam. "Damage has been reported in at least eight villages," Morteza Salim, the chief of Iran's Red Crescent Organisation, told IRINN.


The Guardian -
Dozens killed by earthquake in Iran/Iraq border region

A powerful earthquake struck the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official has said.

The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network quoted the head of the country’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, as saying at least 61 had been killed and 300 injured on Iran’s side of the border. More casualties are expected from neighbouring countries – reports said the quake was felt as far away as Israel.


Global News -
61 reported dead, 300 injured after earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border

A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the region along the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 61 people and injuring 300 in Iran, an Iranian official said.

READ MORE: Economic cost of Mexico earthquake still unknown as country rushes in financial aid. The Islamic Republic of Iran News Network quoted the head of the country’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, as saying at least 61 had been killed and 300 injured on Iran’s side of the border.



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