Devastating earthquake strikes Iran-Iraq border | GBRI

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, 9:18 p.m. Such was the effect of the earthquake that its tremors were felt even in faraway Turkey and Pakistan. More than 450 people are feared dead while thousands have been injured in the world’s deadliest earthquake so far this year.

At least eight people were killed on the Iraqi side of the border, according to Dr. Saif al-Badir, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, and at least 535 were hurt. In Tehran, hundreds of people waited in line to donate blood in response to a call from the government.

Particularly hard hit was Pol-e Zahab, a city in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, according to the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency. The authorities said that at least 236 people had died in the city, which has a population of 30,000, and the main hospital was believed to be at least partly running.

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