Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

7.2 Earthquake hits the Iran-Iraq Border.

At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area. The earthquake was felt as far away as Turkey, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates

State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2 500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.

The earthquake was felt in several western provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than 236 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border.

Iranian state television said the quake had caused heavy damage in some villages where houses were made of earthen bricks. Rescuers were laboring to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings.

The quake also triggered landslides that hindered rescue efforts, officials told state television. At least 14 provinces in Iran had been affected, Iranian media reported.

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6.7 Earthquake hits Costa Rica.

Three people suffered fatal heart attacks that coincided with the time of the earthquake. At least one building in Jacó had been evacuated due to apparent damage and there were reports of walls collapsing and objects falling in other parts of the country, but there were no reports of any further injuries.

5.9 Earthquake hits off the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 Earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea.

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