Rescue teams and residents of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Kermanshah province searched through the debris of collapsed buildings today, less than a day after a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iraq-Iran border region, killing a confirmed 414 people in both countries.
The earthquake sent people fleeing their homes into the night and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast.
Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor, the death toll is currently at 407 according to a spokesman for Iran’s crisis management headquarters.
It was also reported 7,156 were injured. The area is a rural, mountainous region where residents rely mainly on farming to make a living.
In Iraq, the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured 535 there, all in the country's northern, semi-autonomous Kurdish region, according to Iraq's Interior Ministry.
The quake was centred 31 kilometres outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.