New Delhi, Nov 13: The death toll in 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border reached over 335 on Monday. The number of those injured is said to be over 1600. The epicenter of the quake was near the Iraq-Iran border, 20 miles southwest of the city of Halabjah.
The quake was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. Its worst damage appeared to be in Iran’s western Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq. The tremor was felt in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq whereas, at least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the earthquake.
Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. Earlier in 2013, at least 31,000 people were killed in a catastrophic quake that struck Bam, in Iran, and flattened the city. In 2012 and 2005 more than 300 and 600 people were killed in two major earthquakes in Iran.
More recently, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake near Iran’s border with Turkmenistan in May killed two people, injured hundreds and caused widespread damage.