Huge 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iraq near Iran border – 145 dead and 1,500 injured

Monday, November 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

A MASSIVE 7.3-magnitude earthquake has killed at least 145 people and injured hundreds more after it struck southeast of the city of Sulaymaniyah in Iraq, near the border with Iran.

Mon, Nov 13, 2017

The head of the Irani Kermanshah’s emergency department said at least 93 people were killed in Iran and 1,000 other injured.

Meanwhile in Iraq at least 6 people are dead and more than 500 injured, according to the Joint Crisis Coordination Centre of the Kurdish government.

The Iraqi town of Darbandikhan, 47 miles east of the city of Sulaimaniyah in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region, is among the worst hit areas and at least 30 people have been injured.

The quake knocked out the hospital’s power supply and buildings in the town have been severely damaged.

Some social media users in Israel, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have also reported feeling tremors.

Kurdish journalist Frederike Geerdink said: “Unfortunately, it seems very likely that the death toll of the Kurdistan earthquake is well over 100.”

According to the US Geological Survey, up to 70.4million people would have felt Sunday’s earthquake, including 239,000 who may have experience “very strong” to “severe” shaking.

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