A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 339 people.
The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 pm local time on Sunday, was 32 kilometers south of the Iraqi city of Halabja, in Iraqi Kurdistan, and just across the border from Iran, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
But the highest casualties occurred in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran’s Kermanshah Province.
According to the National Disaster Management Organization of Iran, 328 people were confirmed dead as of Monday noon. Some 2530 others were injured.
News agency Reuters reports: “Electricity was cut off in several Iranian and Iraqi cities, and fears of aftershocks sent thousands of people in both countries out onto the streets and parks in cold weather.”