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Iranians continue to look for loved ones after a deadly 7.3 earthquake killed hundreds

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Updated November 14, 2017 03:54 PM EST

The death toll from the magnitude 7.3 earthquake on the Iran-Iraq border continues to rise.

Iranian state media announced on Tuesday that the number of those killed by the powerful quake is now 530, with 7,460 people injured.

Rescuers, meanwhile, are still digging through the debris of buildings, looking for survivors and bodies.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani visited Sarpol-e Zahab, the worst affected area, and announced a government inquiry into why buildings there were so badly damaged.

"(The) government will definitely follow up on these issues and identify the culprits," Rouhani said today in remarks released by the official IRNA news agency.

Many of the buildings damaged were built through a government-sponsored program.

Updated November 13, 2017 03:24 PM EST

Iran's semi-official Tasnim news agency is reporting that 445 people were killed and 7,370 injured in the earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border.

Official reports had put death toll at 407.

More than half of the casualties are from Kurdish-majority town of Sarpol-e Zahab in Kermansh province. The only hospital in the town was heavily damaged and the army set field hospitals.

Italy is sending 12 tons of tents, blankets, mobile kitchens and other assistance to victims of the powerful earthquake.

The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Iran's government declared Tuesday as a national mourning day.

This is an developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the border region between Iran and Iraq has killed at least 330 people in both nations, according to authorities.

Iran’s state-run news agency on Monday reported that the quake had killed at least 328 people there, with the country’s western Kermanshah province bearing the brunt of the devastation.

Iranian state television on Monday reported that at least 3,950 people were injured, and more than 100 aftershocks followed the initial quake.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry on Monday reported that the earthquake killed at least seven people and injured at least 535 others there.

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The U.S. Geological Survey’s most recent measurements said that the 7.3-magnitude event was focused 19 miles outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja.

The quake hit at a depth of 14.4 miles, a shallow one that can have broader damage as the magnitude 7 variety are capable of widespread, intense power on their own.

The incident’s worst devastation seemed to be in the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran’s Kermanshah province, which sits in the Zagros Mountains separating it from Iraq.

“Immediately after I managed to get out, the building collapsed,” Kokab Fard, a 49-year-old housewife in Sarpol-e-Zahab, said. “I have no access to my belongings.”

Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency on Monday reported that at least 14 provinces there had been impacted by the quake.

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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, early Monday offered his condolences, according to state media there.

Khamenei additionally urged all of Iran’s government agencies and rescuers to do all they could to aid those affected by the quake.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday issued a directive for his nation’s civil defense teams and “related institutions” to respond to the national disaster.

Iran rests on many major fault lines and is prone to almost daily quakes, including a magnitude 6.6 variety that killed at 26,000 people there in 2003 after it leveled the historic city of Bam.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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