A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 160 persons. Nearly 130 people died in western Iran while 30 deaths were reported from Iraq. The toll is likely to rise.
US Geological Survey said, it struck south of the Iraqi town of Halabja at a depth of nearly 40 kilometre. The earthquake sparked panic, with residents fleeing their homes for the streets. Iranian news channel said, rescue teams have been deployed to western parts of the country. The earthquake was also felt in Turkey and Israel.
According to IRNA The 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Kermanshah Province, western Iran has so far claimed the lives of 164 people and injured 1,568 ones, deputy health minister said.
The quake occurred on Sunday at 21:5 local time (17:35 GMT) and its epicenter was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.81 degrees longitude, 11km deep in the ground in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province.
The earthquake rocked western provinces of Iran and vast areas in the east of Iraq. The city of Kermanshah has the most injured and dead people.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a phone conversation with Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli has issued required instructions.
Meanwhile, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message expressed condolences over the sad occasion in which scores of people lost their lives.
Supreme Leader also urged all military and civil forces to spare no effort in giving aid to quake-stricken people.