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Iran stops rescue missions as quake leaves 530 dead, 8,000 injured

Iran earthquake kills at least 530

Iranian authorities say rescue operations have ended in areas hit by a powerful earthquake near the border with Iraq that killed at least 530 people and injured more than 8,000 others, AP reported.  


The magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck villages and towns in the mountainous area of Kermanshah province on Sunday night (local time) while many people were at home asleep.

Television showed footage of rescue workers frantically combing through the rubble of dozens of villages immediately after the quake.

But authorities say it is highly unlikely anyone else will be found alive.

"The rescue operations in the [western] Kermanshah province have ended," Pir-Hossein Kolivand, head of Iran's Emergency Medical Services, said on state TV.