Quake on Iran-Iraq border injures more than 230 people

Laura Christensen
November 13, 2017

In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Another two people were killed in Kalar, according to the director of the hospital in the town about 70 kilometres (45 miles) south of Darbandikhan.

At least seven people have died and a number injured as the quake hit Iraq's Kurdish region near the Iranian border, as well as impacting Baghdad and villages across the border in Iran.

In 1978, a magnitude-7.4 quake hit Tabas, Iran, and killed about 20,000 people.

Local media reported that eight villages in Iran had been damaged by the quake and rescue teams had been sent to those areas.

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In a statement, the IDF said that the situation along the border and in Khader was "under control". Speaking from London, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said "we safeguard our borders".

Iraq's meteorology center advised people to stay away from buildings and not to use elevators, in case of aftershocks.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted, according to Iranian state TV. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 natural disaster flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted an emergency services official as saying there were fears that casualties in villages and small towns could be high.

The quake was also felt in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait.

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