Iran earthquake death toll exceeds 500

Iran earthquake death toll exceeds 500

At least 530 people have been killed by a strong earthquake in western Iran, the country's media reported.

According to the Mehr news agency, 7,500 people suffered injuries.

A strong earthquake hit the Iran-Iraq border region late on Sunday. Its epicenter was 200 kilometers northeast from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad and 100 kilometers west from the Iranian city of Kermanshah. The region was initially struck by two tremors with magnitudes of 7.2 and 7.3, followed by numerous aftershocks, which were also felt in Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Israel.

The earthquake affected a total of 1,650 towns and settlements in seven Iranian provinces. As many as 12,000 homes were destroyed with about the same number suffering significant damage. Tuesday was declared a day of mourning in Iran.

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