More than 200 people were killed and 1,600 more injured after a massive earthquake shook the Iran-Iraq border, toppling stone buildings Sunday, Iranian officials said.
The U.S. Geological Survey recorded the shallow 7.3-magnitude tremor around 9:30 p.m. local time and tracked its epicenter to 20 miles outside the Iraqi city of Halabja.
The death toll continued to rise through Monday morning with 207 reported dead and about 1,700 hurt in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.
The report also said rescuers worked through the night and that operations would be accelerated during the day Monday.
Iraqi government officials have not commented on their losses.
At least eight Iranian villages were damaged, Iran’s state TV reported. Water and electricity lines were cut off in some villages and cities in Kermanshah Province, while residents stood in the streets due to fears of aftershocks, an official told state-run media.
Later Sunday, a magnitude 6.5 quake hit the coast of Costa Rica and shook its capital, San José. The national Public Safety Ministry reported two serious injuries in the 8:30 p.m. temblor.
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