At Least 140 Dead, 860 Injured In Quake On Iran-Iraq Border Region

*UPDATE as of 7:10 pm Pacific Time*

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) –

Iran’s state-run news agency reports over 140 killed, 860 injured in 7.2-magnitude earthquake along Iran-Iraq border.

 

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An Iranian official says at least 61 people died in Iran when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit near the Iran-Iraq border region. Deputy Gov. Mojtaba Nikkerdar of Iran’s Kermanshah province also says more than 300 people suffered injuries.

Iranian TV says Iraqi officials have reported at least six people dead on Iraq’s side of the border from Sunday’s quake. It says the officials also report more than 50 people were injured in Iraq’s Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 were hurt in Khanaquin city. There has been no official report from Iraq’s government.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered around 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja.

Iran’s semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency says at least 14 Iranian provinces were affected.

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