MOSCOW, November 13. /TASS/. More than 350 people have been killed by an earthquake that hit the Iran-Iraq border region late on Sunday, the Press TV channel said on Twitter on Monday.
According to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, as many as 3,950 people have been injured.
According to a crisis center set up after the quake, the strongest jolts were felt in the Kermanshah and Ilam provinces in western Iran, where the heaviest damage and the majority of victims were recorded.
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Center put the earthquake’s magnitude at 7.2. Its epicenter was 32 kilometers north from the Iranian city of Sarpol-e Zahab and 100 kilometers south-east from the Iraqi city of Sulaymaniyah, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The main and succeeding earthquake shocks were also reported in Turkey, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani ordered to provide all necessary help to the injured. Red Crescent’s local branch started search and rescue operations in the area of the accident, and additional rescue units were dispatched there. Mobile hospitals were set up in the damaged areas to supply necessary products, warm clothes and fuel to people.