Sudden Wave of Death- 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Iran-Iraq Border

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A 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border on Sunday, bringing a sudden wave of death to the region. Over 400 people have died so far, with thousands injured. The quake was felt over the region from Baghdad to Irbil, and Tehran. Skyscrapers swayed from the UAE to Israel.

The worst hit regions were in Sulaymaniyah, a Kurdish area of Iraq, and Kermanshah in Iran. The quake centered near Halabjah in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq according to the USGS, with the hardest hit are being in Iran.

Rescuers dug with their bare hands in the desperate attempt to find survivors. There have been at least 100 aftershocks as the race to find survivors continues.

Rescue and recovery missions have been going on since the deadly quake struck yesterday at about 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people were going to bed. The death toll is expected to rise sharply as more victims are located.  The official count may not be accurate if people find their loved ones and bury them before official certification of their deaths have been recorded.

Highest death toll in Iran

Some of the housing projects in Sarpol-e-Zahab, created by former hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were among those most heavily damaged due to cheap construction.

Turkey sent aid immediately, along with rescuers, and field hospitals were set up by Iranian officials. The government of Iraq and aid groups also responded. This time of year, however is exceedingly cold in the region- some of those who found themselves homeless huddled around open fires trying to stay warm. The suffering will not be over with the shaking of the earth.

Featured photo- Screenshot from Twitter

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