Around 12,000 homes destroyed by Iran earthquake

 Around 12,000 homes destroyed by Iran earthquake

About 12,000 houses were destroyed by  earthquake in western Iran, the head of Relief and Rescue Organization of the Red Crescent Society Morteza Salimi said.

The head of Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization Ali Asghar Mounesan earlier said that earthquake damaged several historical sites and monuments.

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded that the 7.3-magnitude quake struck around 19 miles from the Iraqi city of Halabjah, at a depth of 14 miles.

According to various sources, 445 people died and about 7.1 thousand were injured.

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