Killer quake hits Iraq, over300 die

13 Nov 2017

A 7.3-magnitude quake hit on the Iraq-Iran border area on Sunday night, killing hundreds of people and injuring thousands of others.

Iran took the brunt of it, with at least 336 people killed and 3,950 injured, while in Iraq the quake claimed eight lives and injured 535 others, officials from both countries said. The quake hit a border area 30 kilometres southwest of Halabja in Iraqi Kurdistan at around 9:20 pm, the US Geological Survey said. Most people were at home when the quake struck. They fled as authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan called on the population in the southern area of the town to leave their homes, fearing that the Darbandikhan dam would burst.