A major earthquake distressed part of Iraq and Iran on Sunday. More than 402 people have been reported dead in the 7.3 magnitude quake.
According to CNN weather reports that this earthquake is the deadliest of 2017. Its epicenter was at Iraq’s northeast border with Iran, near Iran’s Kermanshah province and the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab. The hospital in this town was harshly smashed in the quake, which has complex recovery efforts.
In addition to the 402 people killed in the quake, another 6,650 people were injured.
Tremors from the earthquake were felt as far away as Turkey, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Kuwait.
Rescue efforts are ongoing in both Iran and Iraq. Crews are digging through ruins trying to locate those who may still be alive. Iran has already declared a three-day period of mourning for the dead.
According to BBC News reports that 70,000 people are in require of shelter following the earthquake. This was the deadliest quake of 2017, surpassing the death toll from the massive earthquake in Mexico City in September.