350 killed in massive quake near Iran-Iraq border


Tehran, Nov 13 : A strong quake hit western Iran on Sunday night, killing at least 350 people and injuring 3,950 more, as rescuers battled to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings while aftershocks were felt during the day on Monday, Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA reported.

But the country’s Fars news agency put the toll at 350 and said the quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale rattled all cities and towns along Iran’s Western border with Iraq.

The seismological centre of the Geophysics Institute of Tehran University said the quake was felt across Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon at 21:48 hours local time (23:48 IST).