Earthquake on Iran/Iraq border

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A huge rescue effort is under way after a powerful earthquake struck Iran’s mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.

The quake is the deadliest in the world this year.

Worst hit was  Sarpol-e-Zahab, a town 15km on Iran’s side of the border.
The town’s main hospital was severely damaged, leaving it struggling to treat hundreds of wounded people.

Many homes in the predominantly Kurdish mountainous area are made of mud bricks and are vulnerable in quakes as large as Sunday’s.

One aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, and there were reports that thousands of people were facing a second night in the cold as dusk fell.

Why is Iran prone to earthquakes?
Iran is one of those regions of the world that is all too familiar with quakes, and has experienced some very big tremors in the past.
The big driver here is the clash between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates. The Arabia plate is pushing north by a couple of centimetres a year.
In the south-east of the country, the Arabia plate is actually pushing under the Eurasia plate, but in the north-west these great slabs rub directly against each other. The Zagros mountains are a result of all this compression.

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Anonymous
Anonymous
November 15, 2017 9:35 am

This is really sad. We hope everyone gets help.

Jerome
Jerome
November 15, 2017 9:37 am

Sad

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 15, 2017 10:49 am

hope the wounded are
ok

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 15, 2017 12:14 pm

My family lives in Iran and some of them got hurt:((((

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 15, 2017 1:55 pm

SO SAD.
I PRAY FOR EVERYONE THERE TO BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. <3❤️

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 15, 2017 4:35 pm

So sad hope they get some good luck

Nishil
Nishil
November 15, 2017 7:05 pm

Just sad

Oliver
Oliver
November 16, 2017 1:29 pm

Thats is cost a lot to fix

avina
avina
November 16, 2017 5:13 pm

My family lives in Iran
I PRAY FOR EVERYONE THERE TO BE SAFE AND ENJOY THE REST OF THEIR LIVES

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 17, 2017 11:29 am

Saddest thing ever hope they recover 🙁

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 17, 2017 11:51 am

I pray for all of the people suffering in this incident.

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 17, 2017 12:08 pm

oh no that is sooo sad

haadi khan
haadi khan
November 19, 2017 1:49 pm

i wish there was no earth quakes

haadi khan
haadi khan
November 19, 2017 1:53 pm

ill pray for you iran

haadi khan
haadi khan
November 19, 2017 1:56 pm

sad

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 20, 2017 9:46 am

we are also between tectonic plates (australian and antarctic plates)

Anonymous
Anonymous
November 21, 2017 2:29 pm

Soooo sad I use to live their

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