At the night of November 12, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the boundary region between Iran and Iraq.
In the deadliest earthquakes on earth in 2017, at least 530 individuals were killed, while at least another 7,460 were injured. Most deaths occurred in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah, in which rescue workers are digging through rubble and hunting for lost people. The quake was so severe that it was felt hundreds of miles away in Tehran and Baghdad.
Most buildings, including the main hospital in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, were damaged. Unfortunately, because most homes in the Kurdish mountains are made from mud bricks, an people were left without shelter.
Thousands were forced to sleep outside or in the exposed buildings in arctic temperatures.
The devastation from the earthquake was prevalent, even resulting in multiple major landslides that left searching for and rescuing victims that much more difficult.
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