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Earthquake Kills Over 100 at Iran-Iraq Border


An earthquake victim at a hospital in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, on Sunday. Credit Shwan Mohammed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

TEHRAN — An earthquake struck the border region of Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing over 100 people in Iran, the country’s National Medical Emergency Service reported, according to the state English-language television news channel, Press TV.

In Iraq, emergency workers said at least six Iraqis living in remote villages in Sulaimaniyah Province, near the Iranian border, had died.

Hundreds were reported injured in both countries.

The quake, which struck shortly before 10 p.m., was centered about 19 miles outside Halabja, in eastern Iraq (about 125 miles northeast of Baghdad) and had a magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The head of Iraq’s water resource management, Hassan Janani, reported that the Darbandikhan dam, also in Sulaimaniyah, had sustained some damage, although his teams did not believe that residents were in any danger. A more complete assessment was planned after daybreak, he said.

In the provincial capital of Sulaimaniyah, the second-largest city in the Iraqi Kurdish region, residents described feeling heavy tremors but said there was no notable building damage. Residents in the oil-rich town of Kirkuk, located some 50 miles to the west, had similar reports.

In Baghdad, the tremors were strong enough to shake bookcases and wall-mounted television screens, sending residents in several neighborhoods out into the street. No damage was reported.

Source: NYT > World

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