Earthquake in Iran and Iraq – level 3

22-11-2017 07:00

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck the Iran-Iraq border, with about 1.8 million people living within 100 kilometres from its epicentre. The earthquake killed hundreds of people, with most people dying in Iran’s Kermanshah province.

The earthquake injured about 4,000 people in western Iran and displaced 70,000 people from their homes. The Iranian town of Sarpol-e-Zahab had many victims, and its own hospital was badly damaged.

People felt tremors in Baghdad, 300 kilometres away from the earthquake’s epicentre.

Difficult words: epicentre (the middle of where an earthquake hits, deep in the ground), displace (force to move away), tremor (shaking).
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