Caroline McLoughlin

IRAN/ IRAQ BORDER- Sunday, November 12th, a deadly 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit Iran and Iraq on the border.

At least 452 people were killed in the incident, with thousands more injured. The earthquake was the deadliest one this year, surpassing the September earthquake in Mexico.

The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has been around to all of the worst hit places. Sadly, more than 500 of the villages hit are in remote places, making it harder to provide the relief needed for the people.

Iran is looking at relief operations that could take months to provide; however, search and rescue programs are almost complete.

With the weather getting colder in Iran, people have no way to stay warm, along with no food and water. Pleas for help have flooded social media.

“Please don’t stop helping. We need water, we need food, like bread, and we need blankets.”

43 ambulances, 4 ambulance buses, and 130 emergency technicians were made available to assist in the transportation of injured people to hospitals. Also, across the capital of Iran, many have been donating blood to pitch in and help the survivors (please see Nathan Janson’s article for all the reasons you should donate your blood at the Key Club blood drive on Monday, November the 27th).

Iran has experienced many earthquakes in the past, the deadliest being back in 2003, killing 26,000 people. Iran lays on a fault line that contributes to the infamous Ring of Fire, which is know to be a hot spot for earthquakes and volcanos.

Iranian’s are definitely suffering from the large quake, but it is good to know that many are contributing to the operations in hope to help bring relief to those affected.