A magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region around the border between Iran and Iraq on Sunday, killing at least 210 people state media in the two countries said, as rescuers searched for dozens trapped under rubble.
At least 207 people were killed in Iran, Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, said on the state television. More than 1,700 were injured, he said.
The earthquake was felt in several provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than 97 of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah, about 15 km from the Iraq border. The main hospital in the capital of the county was severely damaged and could not treat hundreds of injured people who were taken there, the head of the Iranian emergency services, Pirhossein Koulivand said.
Kurdish health officials also said at least four people were killed in Iraq and at least 50 injured. The US Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.3.
An Iraqi meteorology official put its magnitude at 6.5 with the epicenter in Penjwin in Sulaimaniyah province in the Kurdistan region close to the main border crossing with Iran. Electricity was cut off in several Iranian and Iraqi cities, and fears of aftershocks sent thousands of people in both countries out onto the streets and parks in cold weather.