200 killed As Strong Earthquake Hits Iraq-Iran Border

More than 200 individuals were killed and hundreds more harmed when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shook the rugged Iran-Iraq border activating landslides that frustrated rescue efforts, authorities said Monday.

The earthquake hit 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm (1820 GMT) on Sunday, when many individuals would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said.

On Monday morning, Iran gave a temporary toll of more than 200 dead, while just six others were accounted for killed on the Iraq side of the border.

“There are 207 dead and around 1,700 harmed”, all in Iran’s area of Kermanshah, Behnam Saidi, the representative leader of the Iranian government’s emergency unit set up to deal with the reaction to the tremor, told state TV. Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the representative legislative leader of Kermanshah, said experts there were “setting up three crisis alleviation camps”.

Iran’s crisis administrations boss Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was “hard to send protect groups to the towns in light of the fact that the streets have been cut off… there have been landslides”. The authority IRNA news agency said 30 Red Cross groups had been sent to the shake zone, parts of which had encountered control cuts.

In Iraq, authorities said the tremor had executed six individuals in the northern region of Sulaimaniyah and harmed around 150.

The footage posted on Twitter demonstrated people panicking and escaping from a building in Sulaimaniyah, as windows broke immediately the tremor struck, while pictures from the close-by town of Darbandikhan indicated significant walls and solid structures had fallen. In Sulaimaniyah, inhabitants ran out onto the roads and some harm to property was accounted for, an AFP correspondent there said.

“Four individuals were executed by the earthquake” in Darbandikhan, the town’s chairman Nasseh Moulla Hassan told AFP. A child and an elderly individual were murdered in Kalar, as per the director of the hospital in the town around 70 kilometers (40 miles) south of Darbandikhan, and 105 individuals harmed.

The tremor, which struck at a generally shallow profundity of 25 kilometers, was felt for around 20 seconds in Baghdad, and for longer in different territories of Iraq, our sources confirmed.

On the Iranian side of the border, the tremor shook a few urban areas in the west of the nation including Tabriz. It was additionally felt in southeastern Turkey, “from Malatya to Van, In the town of Diyarbakir, inhabitants were accounted for to have fled their homes.

The quake struck along a 1,500-kilometer fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates, a belt stretching out through western Iran and into northeastern Iraq.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude tremor close to the Caspian ocean in northern Iran executed 40,000 individuals and left 300,000 more harmed and a large portion of a million homeless. Within seconds the quake diminished many towns and almost 2,000 towns to rubble.

After thirteen years, a cataclysmic shake struck the old southeast Iranian city of Bam, celebrated around the world for its mud block structures, murdering no less than 31,000 individuals and smoothing swathes of the city.

From that point forward, Iran has encountered no less than two noteworthy tremor fiascos, one out of 2005 that murdered more than 600 and another in 2012 that left nearly 300 dead.

All the more as of late, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake close to Iran’s border with Turkmenistan in May murdered two individuals, harmed hundreds and caused widespread destruction.