210 dead, more than 2500 injured as magnitude 7.3 earthquake strikes Iran

Deadly earthquake strikes Iran, Iraq
At least 210 people have died more and than 2500 were injured in a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck the Kermanshah province in western Iran and adjoining areas of eastern Iraq late last night, official sources said.
"The 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, western Iran has so far claimed the lives of 210 people and injured over 2,500," Iran's official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said.
"The death toll and casualties are increasing," the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted a senior official as saying.
The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 34.86 N and longitude 45.81 E, occurred at 2105 hours local time (1735 GMT) at a focal depth of 11 km in the Ozgoleh region of Kermanshah province, the report said.
The tremors were felt in several parts of western Iran, eastern Iraq and in Gulf states such as Kuwait, the report said. However, the city of Kermanshah suffered the brunt of the quake and accounted for most of the dead and injured, it said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani discussed the situation with Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli and directed him to take all necessary steps for quick search, rescue and relief operations.
Meanwhile, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, expressed his condolences over the tragedy in which scores of people lost their lives.


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