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More than 500 Dead in Iran-Iraq border Earthquake

A powerful earthquake reported  struck Iran's north-eastern mountainous border with Iraq  at 21:18 local time (18:18 GMT) about 30km (19 miles) south of Darbandikhan, .The US Geological Survey (USGS) said The earthquake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 23.2 km sending  tremors felt in Turkey, Israel and Kuwait. Based on the report about 1.8 million people who live within 100km of the epicenter, was affected killing more than 400 people and injuring about 7,000 according to UN estimates.
With quakes as large as this many homes in the predominantly Kurdish mountainous area made of mud bricks and are vulnerable.

The western Iran Sarpol-e-Zahab, town 15km (10 miles) from the border accounted for most of the dead were and with other parts of Kermanshah province reporting few.
After the buildings collapsed people were forced to spend hours outdoors in parks or streets in cold weather as running water and electricity was out in most cities.
A Red Crescent spokesman told the BBC that nine died in Iraq with more than 500 people,injured over there, and the earthquake was felt in Irbil, Sulaimaniya, Kirkuk and Basra as well as the capital, Baghdad.

People living nearby have reportedly been asked to leave as Landslides have made it harder for rescuers to reach people in rural areas, and there are fears a dam in Iraq could burst after it was damaged by the earthquake. By the evening, however, Iranian officials said that the rescue mission was nearly over, according to the state news media.

The geological Survey report states that the Arabia plate is pushed under the Eurasia plate, but in the north-west slabs rub directly against each other, indicating that the quake occurred on a thrust fault, this means the crust on one side of the break inside rocks moved vertically up and over the other side which fits exactly with this general picture.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a message of condolence on Monday, urging rescue workers to keep searching for survivors. His office said “The officials should hasten in these first hours with all their might and determination to help the injured, especially those trapped under the rubble,”.

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