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Death Toll From Earthquake On Iran-Iraq Border Passes 530; Rescue Efforts Underway

Associated Press: Rescuers search debris after Iran-Iraq quake kills over 530
“Rescuers on Tuesday used backhoes and heavy equipment to dig through the debris of buildings toppled by a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq that killed over 530 people, with weeping women crying out to God as aid workers found new bodies…” (Karimi/Nasiri, 11/14).

New York Times: Iran-Iraq Earthquake Kills More Than 450
“…The quake, recorded at 9:18 p.m. on Sunday, was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan. The epicenter was near Ezgeleh, Iran, about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, and had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists in the country said it was the biggest quake to hit the western part of Iran…” (Erdbrink, 11/13).

VOA News: Earthquake on Iran-Iraq Border Kills 400
“…The World Health Organization has sent an emergency response team, including ambulances and surgical kits…” (Schwartz, 11/13).

Washington Post: Death toll in Iran-Iraq earthquake tops 400, state media says
“…Iran sits atop major fault lines and has suffered devastating earthquakes. In 2003, the historic city of Bam, in southeastern Iran, was destroyed by an earthquake that killed more than 26,000 people” (Cunningham/Salim, 11/13).

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