Friday, 17 Augst 2018 | 03:01 WIB

Iraq-Iran Earthquake Casualties Increase to 445 People


TEHERAN, NETRALNEWS.COM - Iraqi and Iranian local media reported at least 445 people lost their lives and 7,156 other in an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter Scale that rocked the Iran-Iran border region.

In addition, there are still victims buried under the ruins.

The epicenter was about 32 kilometers south of Halabja Town in a remote mountainous area of eastern Iraq, about 200 kilometers northeast of Iraqi capital Baghdad and 400 kilometers in Tehran, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

"The earthquake shook the area on Sunday (11/12/2017), at around 21:18 local time, when most people are thought to have been at home," USGS said.

At least 14 provinces in Iran have been affected by the earthquake, including the Iranian capital, Tehran. The worst-hit regions in Iran were Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab districts in Kermanshah Province, about 20 kilometers from the border.

A total of 30 Red Cross teams from across the country have been sent to quake-hit areas, some of which have been severely damaged.

More than 20 Iranian villages in Iran's Kermanshah province were damaged and water and electricity supplies disrupted, Xinhua reported as monitored by Antara in Jakarta, Tuesday (11/14). The road network in the areas are also damaged.

Iran's emergency services team has been dispatched to the quake-stricken region and helicopters are sending basic necessities. Aftershock quakes also shook the area.

Earthquakes and aftershocks shook with varying strengths from 4.5 to 6.1 Richter scale. Shocks were also felt in Turkey, Armenia, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.