The death toll continues to rise in the aftermath of the 7.3 earthquake that hit on the Iraq and Iran border last night:
BREAKING: Official tells news agencies that Iran's death toll in powerful earthquake rises to 407.— The Associated Press (@AP) November 13, 2017
Here’s more on the quake from NBC News:
At least 414 people were killed and almost 6,500 others injured after a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Iran’s border with Iraq, authorities said Monday.
Rescuers were trying to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings but their efforts were hindered in many places by landslides. More than 100 aftershocks were registered, according to Iranian officials.
Many houses in rural areas of Iran are made of mud bricks that can crumble easily in a quake.
Iranian authorities said the quake killed 407 people with at least 5,953 were injured. Iraq’s Interior Ministry confirmed that seven people in the neighboring country were killed by the quake, with 535 people wounded.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was recorded at 9:18 p.m. local time (1:18 p.m. ET) Sunday. It measured the quake at a magnitude 7.3.
It was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. The quake’s worst damage appeared to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq.
According to USGS, the earthquake had a depth of just over 14 miles. That’s a fairly shallow earthquake considering the range for ‘shallow’ is from zero to 43.5 miles.