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Deadly Quake on Iraq-Iran Border Felt All the Way to Mediterranean

More than 330 are dead
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 13, 2017 12:31 AM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2017 4:43 AM CST
Hundreds Killed as Quake Hits Iraq, Iran
In this photo provided by the Iranian Students News Agency, ISNA, a car lays smashed by debris from the earthquake at the city of Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.   (Pouria Pakizeh/ISNA via AP)

(Newser) – A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region Sunday night killed more than 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night, and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities say. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, with Iran's state-run news agency reporting the quake killed 328 people in the country. State television said some 3,950 were injured.

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In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country's northern, semiautonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry. The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Irbil to Baghdad, where people fled into the streets of the capital. The quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the US Geological Survey. It struck at a depth of 14.4 miles, a shallow depth that can have broader damage, the AP reports.

(Read more earthquake stories.)

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