STATUSCrisis Alert DATENovember 12, 2017 REGIONIran, Iraq

Iran Earthquake

7.3 Magnitude Quake Kills Hundreds

On Sunday, November 12,  a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraqi border near Ezgeleh, an Iranian town about 135 miles northeast of Baghdad, killing more than 400 people and injuring nearly 7,000. More than 100 aftershocks were registered as rescuers tried to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings. The epicenter is a rural, mountainous area, home to many Kurds, a large ethnic minority in Iran, where many make a living as farmers.

This area sits on many major fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Bam, killing 26,000 people where Americares responded. We’re reaching out to partners in the region to find out what assistance might be needed.