Over 100 dead in Iran-Iraq border earthquake

The earthquake happened 19 miles outside of Halabja

An earthquake outside the city Halabja by the Irag-Iran broder killed at least 61 on Nov. 12, 2017 (Google)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) – Iranian state TV says a 7.2-magnitude earthquake has jolted the region near the border between Iran and Iraq, killing over a 100 and injuring hundreds more.

Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency says the death toll in the powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake along the borders of Iran and Iraq has risen above 140.

The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the quake on its website, placing its epicenter at around 32km (19 miles) outside the Iraqi city of Halabja, and issuing an “orange” alert for “shaking-related fatalities and economic losses.” There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Iranian provinces in the northwestern, western and central areas of the country were impacted.

Iranian social media was abuzz with area people evacuating their homes.