A powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake has rocked the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring thousands more. Tremors were felt hundreds of miles away in both capitals, in Tehran and Baghdad. Iranian people have mobilized in response to the natural disaster to donate blood and prepare aid packages.
Earlier media reports mentioned 445 victims of the earthquake.
Rouhani inspects Iran quake damages and mourns 445 dead
Arriving at Kermanshah airport Tuesday morning, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed that his administration, armed forces and the Iranian nation will utilize all their resources and capacities to assist the earthquake-stricken people of Kermanshah so that they would return to normal living conditions as soon as possible. As many as 12,000 homes were destroyed with about the same number suffering significant damage.
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif appreciated the messages of sympathy from around the world.