KLRT - FOX16.com
by: John Fitzgerald
At least 452 people were killed and thousands injured after a powerful 7.3-magnitude quake struck in the remote border area between Iran and Iraq.
The earthquake is the deadliest of the year, eclipsing the one that hit Mexico City in September, and was felt as far away as Turkey and Pakistan.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Kermanshah province to oversee rescue work on Tuesday,
Search and rescue operations are almost complete while relief operations could take months.
More than 500 villages in Kermanshah province suffered damage.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society has deployed 16 response teams, 31 sniffer dog teams, 41 debris removing teams, 48 emergency sheltering teams and 9 emergency treatment teams to the hardest-hit areas.
Ahoora Niazi, who lives in Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermanshah province, posted videos to Instagram. They included a desperate plea: "Please don't stop helping. We need water, we need food, like bread, and we need blankets."
Iranians have been lining up to donate blood, state TV reported after an appeal from hospitals in Kermanshah for all blood groups, but especially for type O, to treat the victims.
The quake was at a depth of 23 km (just over 14 miles), which is considered shallow.