Today, in the morning, Iran and Iraq were struck by an extreme earthquake of 7.3 magnitudes. The natural disaster hit the northern borders of both the countries which led to several atrocities and infrastructural disaster. This earthquake has been termed as the deadliest natural disaster injuring more than 7000 people in both the countries.
Most of the people died in the Iran’s western province of Kermanshah where a large cluster of people have been reported injured and dead. According to the local news agency of Iraq, almost 9 people lost their lives in Baghdad. The witnesses stated that while they were busy in the daily chores of life, suddenly the buildings started to shake and it was only after the powerful shocks that they realized an earthquake has struck the city.
Nearly 6300 people have entered the hospitals of Iran as per the official figures released by the government. Due to the lack of health care facilities to deal with disastrous situations, injured people had to settle without beds so that their treatment could start.
According to the recent reports, the infrastructure has been completely demolished in both the countries and only in Iran, approximately 70,000 people become homeless as their houses were destroyed by the earthquake and its aftershocks.
The earthquake hit at 21:18 local time at the south-west of Halabja region in Iran. If UN estimates are to be believed, within the parameters of this area close to 100 km, a population of 1.8 million people resides who have been affected by the earthquake and its aftershocks in terms of financial losses as well as life losses.
Iran is prone to such earthquakes due to its geographical location where the movement of plates impacts the country in multiplicative effects. The clash between Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates have led to the disaster in Iran and Iraq. The earthquake occurred on a thrust fault which means that the thrust entity on one side broke and the core rocks moved vertically towards the crust of the ground.