• Monty Alexander

Deadly earthquake strikes Iran

On Sunday, Nov. 14, 2017, an earthquake struck Iran, killing over 400 people and injuring around 8,000. This was said to be the deadliest earthquake this year. The Kermanshah province was hit the worst by the earthquake. Hundreds of homes were destroyed in the province.

It was reported that the earthquake had a magnitude of 7.3, and about 200 aftershocks came along with it.

There are many Iranian citizens having to sleep in makeshift camps or out in the open. In the Kermanshah province, night-time temperatures have been falling and coming close to freezing, yet many Iranian citizens are left without homes from this earthquake.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani pointed out that many privately built houses were spared damage, unlike many of the state-built buildings. According to the BBC, Rouhani said the ones responsible for the state-built buildings, which suffered the most damage, would be held accountable.

Mansoureh Bagheri, an official in the Red Crescent Society, said that about 12,000 homes had collapsed. Newer built buildings happened to be spared from much of the damage, unlike the older and more brittle houses in the area.