A deadly, 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook Iran and Iraq although tremors were felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast. Western Iran sustained most of the damage, but Iraq’s northern Kurdish regions also sustained heavy damage. Between Iraq and Iran, almost 415 people have been killed and over 7,000 have been injured. Primarily Christian regions like Erbil and Qeraqosh also experienced effects from the earthquake according to map data from United States Geological Survey. The extent of the damage is not fully known, but it could be devastating for Christian families trying to rebuild after ISIS’ destruction.
11/13/2017 Iran (TIME) – A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iraq-Iran border killed over 400 people across both countries, sent residents fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far away as the Mediterranean coast, authorities said Monday.
Iran’s western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with authorities saying the quake killed 407 people in the country and injured 6,700. Kermanshah is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming.
In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535, all in the country’s northern Kurdish region, according to Iraq’s Interior Ministry.
The quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck at 9:48 p.m. Iran time, just as people began retiring for the night.