At least 160 people have been killed and hundreds left injured after a massive 7.3 magnitude earthquake rocked the mountainous Iran-Iraq border, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said.
A series of video on Youtube shows the horrific moments of the quake that rattled northeast Iraq near the border with Iran on Sunday. The strong wave-like tremors that ran across border region of the two countries can be seen in a video lasting 5 minutes 53 seconds .
In the video, a number of chandeliers can be seen swinging heavily as the emergency alarm sets off in a hotel. The video goes on to show a collapsed house with a tree beneath. People can be seen on the road in the night and a man can be heard asking for help.
It further shows a mobile phone video. A man is asking one of his family members to stick close to a wall and a sofa. He comes out of his home and shows the people fleeing buildings and a few vehicles running on the street.
The next scene is the CCTV footage of a shopping mall. A man can be seen running with a child and a woman behind him. Things are seen falling on the floor. Two more chandeliers are shown swinging as the video advances.
The video ends with dozens of people standing near the basement of a building.
Another video sourced from AP shows a ceiling fan swinging wildly. A string of electric bulbs is seen moving. The video ends with same collapsed house visuals as seen in the earlier video.
At least 129 people were killed in Iran’s Kermanshah province on the Iraqi border, the provincial deputy governor told state television. “We are in the process of setting up three emergency relief camps,” said Mojtaba Nikkerdar, the deputy governor of Iran’s Kermanshah province.
Footage posted on Twitter showed people fleeing a building in Sulaimaniyah, northern Iraq, as windows shattered at the moment the quake struck late on Sunday, while images from the nearby town of Darbandikhan showed major walls and concrete structures had collapsed.
The quake hit 30 km southwest of Halabja in Iraq’s Kurdistan at around 9.20 pm when many people would have been at home, the US Geological Survey said. Iran’s emergency services chief Pir Hossein Koolivand said it was “difficult to send rescue teams to the villages because the roads have been cut off… there have been landslides”.