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Strong Quake Hits Near Iran-Iraq Border, Killing More Than 200


Updated at 12:50 a.m. ET on Monday A magnitude 7.3 earthquake that struck northern Iraq and parts of Iran has killed more than 200 people and injured nearly 1,700 in Iran alone, according to state media there. It is the strongest quake to hit the region in years. NPR’s Jane Arraf, reporting from the northern Iraqi city of Erbil, says that four people were confirmed dead in Darbandikhan in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. However, the quake struck after dark and authorities warned that the death toll was likely to rise. Jane says “In Erbil, hospital authorities said dozens of people had been admitted for treatment. Buildings were shaking here. A lot of people rushed out of their houses into the street.” Jane reports that engineers were checking for damage to the Darbandikhan dam and have informed people living near the river to leave. Officials at the larger Mosul dam said there were no immediate signs of damage. Tremors were reportedly felt as far away as Baghdad and Tehran, she said.

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