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Around 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region
Posted on: 13-11-2017 , 12:04:PM | DY365 Bureau

 picture courtesy: The Hindu

November 13, 2017: Around 140 people were killed in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the border region between the two countries.

According to the country’s disaster management organization, around 141 people were killed in Iran after the quake struck the region at 9.20 pm local time on Sunday. The organization’s spokesman, Behnam Saeedi said told that more than 850 were injured in earthquake.
Rescuers worked through the night to find people trapped in collapsed buildings after the earthquake, which was felt as far west as the coast of the Mediterranean.
The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.3, while an Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicentre in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region close to the main border crossing with Iran. It struck 23.2km below the surface, a shallow depth that can have broader damage.

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