It was on Sunday that a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the border region between Iraq and Iran leaving about 200 people dead. Asides from that, another 1,700 succumbed to serious injuries.
Iran’s Press TV has reported indicating that it was in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab that the highest number of casualties in the country occurred. The US Geological Survey gave its findings outlining that tremors had been experienced in the whole region and that the quake reached a depth of 23km.
A large number of buildings in Darbandikhan were crashed by the quake in northern Iraq as shown by a video from AFP. Quite a significant number of people from the town sustained injuries as revealed by the governor of Sulaimaniya province, Omar Ahmad. At least four people lost their lives in the nearby Halabja.
Iraq’s Meteorological Organization has moved ahead to issue out a warning asking the citizens to refrain from using elevators as well as to stay away from buildings. Haider al Abadi , the Iraqi Prime Minister, on Monday proceeded to tweet where he instructed the aid agencies and the defense teams as well to do all humanly possible towards offering assistance to all those that were affected by the natural calamity.
Shocks were also felt in Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan and Turkey as was reported by a number of news agencies in all these particular countries. Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei , Iran’s Supreme Leader, has proceeded to sent out a message of condolence to those that lost their loved ones. He also reached out to the civilian as well as the military asking them assist with dispatching the quake victims.
In the recent past, Iran, which lies on a major fault between the Eurasia and Arabia, has been experiencing deadly quakes and that has been a cause for alarm to a lot of people.
One of the lead researchers opined, “The most deadly quake in recent memory occurred in 2003, when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the city of Bam in southeast Iran, killing around 31,000 people.”