A woman mourns at an earthquake site in Sarpol-e Zahab in western Iran, on Tuesday. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption
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Iran says it has ended the search for survivors from a strong earthquake that struck near its border with Iraq over the weekend, killing more than 430 people across the region and injured 7,000.
The magnitude 7.3 quake hit late Sunday, with its epicenter located about 19 miles south of Halabjah, Iraq, It was felt as far away as Baghdad and Tehran.
“The rescue operations in the (western) Kermanshah province have ended,” Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran’s Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV.
The Associated Press says that the worst damage from the quake appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah, near the border with Iraq. At least 14 provinces in Iran were affected by the temblor.
Al Jazeera reports that the Red Crescent Society of Iran deployed staff and volunteers to assist in rescue-and-relief operations but officials acknowledged that finding survivors buried in the rubble was unlikely.
“It is total chaos here, most homes are