Death toll rises to 336 in Iran earthquake

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SHAFAQNA-A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit the border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 336 people, almost all of them in Iran and injuring nearly 4,000 others.

The epicenter of the quake, which occurred at around 09:18 p.m. local time on Sunday (0040 GMT on Monday), 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 (NDMO) of Iran, power cuts had been reported in Kermanshah and houses in some western Iranian villages have been damaged to various degrees.

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