Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 140
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Powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border kills more than 140

Rescue work continues overnight, will accelerate during the daytime

An earthquake victim is brought to Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. (AFP Photo/ Shwan Mohammed)
An earthquake victim is brought to Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. (AFP Photo/ Shwan Mohammed)

TEHRAN, Iran — A powerful earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, killing more than 140 people and injuring 860 in Iran alone, state media there said.

The Baghdad government did not immediately give word on damage or casualties in Iraq.

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

Iranian social media and news agencies showed images and videos of people fleeing their homes into the night in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

The state-run IRNA news agency disclosed the increase in casualties early Monday and said rescue work was continuing overnight and would accelerate during the daytime.

People stand in the street after feeling aftershocks from an earthquake in Baghdad, Iraq, November 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The semi-official ILNA news agency said at least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected by the earthquake.

Officials announced that schools in Kermanshah and Ilam provinces would be closed Monday because of the tremor.

Iranian state TV also said Iraqi officials reported at least six people dead inside Iraq, along with more than 50 people injured in Sulaymaniyah province and about 150 in the city of Khanaquin.

Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

Tremors were also reported in parts of central Israel although there were no reports of damage or injuries.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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