Powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake in Iraq kills at least 130 in Iran, was felt in Lebanon

Halabja quake Iraq, IranA powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed scores of people in Iran, Iranian officials said.

State-run Press TV reported at least 130 people were killed in Iran, citing the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, Mojtaba Nikkerdar. Citing the head of Iran’s emergency services, Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars News said at least 1,000 people were injured in the quake.
Four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens were wounded in the town of Darbandikhan, Iraq, Omar Ahmad, the governor of Sulaimaniya, told CNN.
The temblor, centered about 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, was felt throughout Iraq, according the US Geological Survey. The quake crushed buildings in Darbandikhan, according to video from AFP.
Iraq’s Meteorological Organization issued a warning on Iraqi State TV urging citizens to stay away from buildings and to refrain from using elevators.
Shocks were also felt in Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey, news agencies in those countries reported.
Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi was closely following the situation of the country’s citizens, a statement from his office said.

Terror in Halabja decades ago

Halabja, in northern Iraq, was the scene of a deadly chemical attack decades ago during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
On March 16, 1988, Hussein ordered a poison gas attack on the Kurdish people in Halabja. Iraqi warplanes and artillery attacked the region, unleashing mustard gas and sarin, a clear and colorless nerve agent. More than 5,000 people died.
There is a monument to the massacre in Halabja.
CNN
  • Hind Abyad

    Thanks YaLibnan, barely any major news outlets reporting about a major 7.2 earthquake on Iran / Iraq border felt that happened today.

    CNN injecting propaganda is disrespectful-
    “Halabja, in northern Iraq, was the scene of a deadly chemical attack decades ago during the reign of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
    On March 16, 1988, Hussein ordered a poison gas attack on the Kurdish people in Halabja. Iraqi warplanes and artillery attacked the region, unleashing mustard gas
    and sarin, a clear and colorless nerve agent. More than 5,000 people died.
    There is a monument to the massacre in Halabja.”
    CNN

  • Niemals

    Unfortunately earthquakes are very common in Iran and Iraq, and that’s is because of the Eurasian plate and Arabian Tectonic plate that meets there (created the Zagros mountain) – the location of the latest quake.

    The mountain range reaches from the border with Turkey all the way down to the strait of Hormus. It grew because the Arabian Plate submerges under the Iranian Plate at a speed of 3.5 centimeters per year.

  • Rascal

    This is quite a regular thing in Iran. Remember a few years ago when a quake hit the city of Bam, 30,000 dead mostly due to collapsed buildings built without reinforcements. I am sure there are clerics blaming the quake on people not following the Quran properly like many times before.

    • Hind Abyad

      It wasn’t only in Iran Iran Iran… broken record

  • Niemals

    Netanyahu offers quake aid to arch foe Iran (The Daily Star).

    The offer was made in a video conference with the Jewish Federations of North America.

    It comes as many of the tens of thousands left homeless by the quake have vented anger at the Islamic regime for what they say has been the slow response of the charitable foundations set up after the revolution of 1979.

    “I saw these heartbreaking images of men and women and children buried under the rubble,” Netanyahu told the meeting in Los Angeles.

    “A few hours ago, I directed that we offer the Red Cross medical assistance for the Iraqi and Iranian victims of this disaster.

    “I’ve said many times that we have no quarrel with the people of Iran. Our quarrel is only with the tyrannical regime that holds them hostage and threatens our destruction. But our humanity is greater than their hatred.”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0e25c0cd328f72cb53eb4e7345bba04b8a65b7a15b1d22374e534d82b9067d64.jpg An earthquake survivor recovers his belongings from debris of his collapsed house in Sarpol-e-Zahab, in western Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
    Iran does not recognize the Jewish state.

  • Hind Abyad