Iran raises its death toll to 328 in earthquake

AP Published: 2017-11-13 16:48:49
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Iran's state-run news agency says the country's death toll in the powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border has risen to 328 people killed.

Iranians mourn over the body of a victim following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's western province of Kermanshah on November 13, 2017.[Photo: VCG]

Iranians mourn over the body of a victim following a 7.3-magnitude earthquake in Sarpol-e Zahab in Iran's western province of Kermanshah on November 13, 2017.[Photo: VCG]

IRNA's report on Monday afternoon says the majority of those killed were from the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's western Kermanshah province.

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. Iran's western Kermanshah province sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq. Residents in the rural area rely mainly on farming to make a living.

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