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At least 100 killed in 7.3 earthquake near Iran-Iraq border

Nov. 12 (UPI) — At least 100 people were killed as a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck along the border between Iraq and Iran Sunday.

Iranian state media reported the death toll could be as high as 129 with more than 1,000 more injured by the quake, CNN reported.

The powerful earthquake hit near the Iraqi city of Halabja with its center located about 217 miles north of Baghdad.

Shocks from the quake were felt throughout neighboring countries including Iran, Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait and Turkey.

The Turkish Red Crescent sent supplies including 3,000 tents, 10,000 blankets, a mobile kitchen, 3,000 heaters, and 10,000 beds to Ebril, the capital of Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Iraqi news outlet Rudaw reported.

“Our pioneering teams from Erbil and Silopi warehouses are on their way. We estimate that about 20-30 thousand people are affected by the earthquake,” Turkish Red Crescent vice president, Dr. Kerem Kinik, said.

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