6.2 earthquake strikes near Iran-Iraq border

250 people were injured early Monday when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck western Iran, near the Iraqi border.

By JC Finley

TEHRAN, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- A 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook western Iran early Monday, injuring more than 250 people.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 22 miles southeast of Abdanan at a depth of 6.2 miles.


The earthquake struck approximately 24 miles from the Iraq border around 7:00 a.m. local time.

According to IRNA, Iran's state-run news agency, 250 people in Ilam province were injured by the earthquake. The governor of Ilam, Majid Asghari, expected rural areas close to the epicenter were badly affected.

Aftershocks knocked out water, electricity and phone lines in Abdanan. Half the homes in eight nearby villages were reportedly destroyed.

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