Iran-Iraq Border Earthquake Devastates Town Targeted by…

Associated Press

Rescuers used heavy equipment to dig through the debris of toppled buildings Tuesday, with weeping women crying out to God as bodies were recovered following a powerful earthquake on the border between Iran and Iraq.

The grim work began again at dawn in the Iranian town of Sarpol-e-Zahab, which was hit hard by Sunday night’s magnitude 7.3 earthquake. It struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province while many people were at home asleep.

Both rescuers and local residents alike stood atop the remains of apartments Tuesday, looking through the rubble. They used heavy blankets to carry away corpses.

Gallery: Deadly Earthquake Rocks Iran-Iraq Border

The quake killed 430 people in Iran and injured 7,460, state media reported Tuesday. Most of the injuries were minor with fewer than 1,000 still hospitalized, Iran’s crisis management headquarters spokesman Behnam Saeedi told state TV.

Houses in Iranian villages are often made of concrete blocks or mud bricks that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake. Many of the heavily damaged complexes in Sarpol-e-Zahab were part of construction projects built under former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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