One dead, more than 600 injured in earthquake in Iran

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

Emergency teams on the ground have confirmed that one person was killed and 658 were injured in an earthquake that struck Iran and Iraq on Thursday night.

The quake, which occurred at a depth of 17.4 kilometers (10.8 miles), was also felt in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to the US Geological Survey.

The USGS estimated the epicenter to be 125 kilometers (79 miles) northwest of the ancient Iranian city of Kermanshah, where the village of Taftanaz is located.

The Turkish Red Crescent had deployed teams to the region and was on standby to offer assistance after the quake, CNN Turk reported, citing its chief operating officer, Mustafa Guder Coskun.

According to a statement on the Ministry of Interior’s website, one adult was killed and 658 persons were injured.

Health Minister Dr. Seyyed Mostafa Haji-Sadeq Hiari ordered all hospitals in Kermanshah to operate as “emergency units,” the statement said.

The interior ministry also said it had called on its foreign ministry for help in the incident.

“Informed that the incident in Kermanshah is serious and we request the consular office in Ankara to go to the city and urgently follow up on the situation,” ministry spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi tweeted.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake was felt as far as the northern Iraqi town of Karbala, according to the USGS.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that the Islamic Republic of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) were not able to respond to the incident.

“Iraqis and Syrians will not be able to get through a disaster without receiving the support and assistance from other countries, the international community and their leaders,” he tweeted.

Iraq has experienced several earthquakes over the past year, with the worst taking place in April 2017 when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck and left more than 20,000 dead and damaged some 200,000 homes.

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