Sunday night, the Central American nation of Costa Rica was hit with an earthquake measuring a magnitude of 6.5. The epicenter was only about 10 miles from the coastal resort town of Jaco. There were landslides reported and officials fear there will be human casualties and millions of dollars in damage.
Earlier in the day, a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Iran’s western Kermanishah province near the border with Iraq. Early reports from the region say that close to 400 people were killed and over 6,000 injured with at least 70,000 people in need of some kind of shelter. The quake was felt in Baghdad, the capital of Iraq where at least 7 people died.
A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has shaken the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 348 people and injuring thousands more.
One Iranian aid agency said 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year.
The majority of those who died were in Iran’s western Kermanshah province. Nearly 6,300 were said to be injured.
Seven people died in Iraq, where people fled into the streets in the capital, Baghdad.
“I was sitting with my kids having dinner and suddenly the building was just dancing in the air,” a Baghdad mother-of-three, Majida Ameer, told Reuters news agency.
“I thought at first that it was a huge bomb. But then I heard everyone around me screaming: ‘Earthquake!'” …
The majority of the casualties reported so far are from the town of Sarpol-e Zahab, in Iran, which is located about 10 miles from the border with Iraq. Many of the homes in the area are made of mud bricks which provided little to no protection in the strong earthquake. The death tolls in Iran, Iraq and Costa Rica are certain to rise over the next few days.