328 dead in earthquake on Iran-Iraq border

Strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake was felt across the region, including in Israel.

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Ben Ariel, | updated: 10:41

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At least 328 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in the strong earthquake on Sunday evening that shook the Iran-Iraq border region and was felt across the region, including in Israel, officials in Iran said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.3 earthquake was centered 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran.

The quake struck the mountainous area of Sulaimaniyah province at 9:18 p.m. Local time (1818 GMT) at a depth of 25 kilometers (15 miles), according to the report.

In Tel Aviv, more than 600 miles from the epicenter, locals reported the quake, while residents across central Israel say the tremor rattled homes, though no injuries have been reported.

Recording stations in Haifa in northern Israel and Be'er Sheva in southern Israel measured a magnitude of 4.5 on the Richter scale. There were no reports of injuries in Israel.

In January, an earthquake measuring 5.6 degrees on the Richter scale which hit the east coast of Crete was also felt in parts of Israel.

A year ago, an earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale which struck southern Lebanon was also felt in northern Israel, in cities such as Tzfat and Kiryat Shmona.








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