Deadly earthquake strikes near Iran-Iraq border

Ingram/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD) — At least 140 people were killed and about 860 injured in Iran in a powerful earthquake that struck the Iran-Iraq border region today, according to Iran’s state-run news agency.

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 the USGS, there were two smaller quakes in the area after the 1:18 p.m. ET quake: a 5.3-magnitude quake at 1:29 p.m. ET at a depth of 6 miles, and a 4.5-magnitude quake at 4:33 p.m. ET, also at a depth of 6 miles.

In Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the health department in the city of Darbandikhan said that three people had died and 40 people had been wounded.

At least 100 people have been injured across Iraqi Kurdistan.

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