Strong earthquake hits Iraq and Iran, killing more than 130

More than 120 people were killed in Iran and at least several others injured in Iraq on Sunday when a powerful magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the region, state media in the two countries said, as rescuers stepped up efforts overnight to find dozens trapped under rubble.

At least 129 people were killed in Iran’s Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border, the provincial deputy governor told state television. “There are still people under the rubble. We hope the number of dead and injured won’t rise too much, but it will rise,” Mojtaba Nikkerdar said

More than 60 of the victims were in the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, about 15 km from the border. Kurdish health officials also said at least four people were killed in Iraq and there were 50 injured.

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