Rouhani visits quake-hit city in western Iran

 Rouhani visits quake-hit city in western Iran

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visited the earthquake-stricken city of Sar-e Pol-e Zahab in the western province of Kermanshah to directly monitor rescue efforts.

Rouhani said state-built houses suffered more damage, and those responsible would be held accountable, BBC reported.

It is considered the strongest earthquake hitting Iran over the past decade.  Reportedly 12,000 residential buildings have suffered severe damages in the earthquake.

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.