Newsbrief: Earthquake kills 400 and injures thousands in Iraq

by Shannon McKeever
edited by Stephanie LeClair

A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iraq-Iran border killing over 400 people, on Sunday, November 12, according to The Washington Post.

The majority of the quake was felt on the Iraqi side of the border, killing at least 400 people and leaving

(Photo: Mosleh Pirkhezranian)

over 7,000 people injured, with shock waves felt all the way through Lebanon and Turkey.  Most of the deaths were in the Kermanshah province, bordering Iraq.

“Almost all of the people of Darbandekhan spent the night outside in the open, fearing another quake,” said Mulla Nasih Hassan, mayor of Darbandekhan, a town near the border of Iran.  “Some of the old buildings fell apart and injured more than 60 people.”

The supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, sent military and Revolutionary Guard Corps to aid in the rescue and recovering process.  The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is also expected to go to the sites affected by the quake on Tuesday.


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