A massive earthquake of 7.4 magnitude rocked Iran-Iraq border killing at least 135 people and injuring hundreds, as many villages are not reachable it is expected that the death toll will rise within few hours.
The centre of the earthquake was near Halabaja in Iraq’d Kurdistan region but till now most of the deaths are being recorded from Iranian side of the border.
— Ynetnews (@ynetnews) November 13, 2017
The worst hit town in this earthquake was Qasr-e-Shireen in Iranian province of Kermanshah. The quake was also felt in other parts of the region especially in Turkey.
#UPDATE At least 170 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake shakes the mountainous Iran-Iraq border triggering landslides https://t.co/m5W4WgZ13S pic.twitter.com/7EoUewX2uL
— AFP news agency (@AFP) November 13, 2017
Previously a major earthquake in 1990 killed 40,000 people and injured 300,000 people in northern Iran. In 2003 the earthquake in Bam killed 31,000 and injured thousands of people. The last major earthquake in the region was in 2012 which killed 600 people.