Iran raises its death toll to 328 in earthquake

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- The latest on an earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border (all times local):
12 p.m.
Iran's state-run news agency says the country's death toll in the powerful earthquake on Iran-Iraq border has risen to 328 people killed.
IRNA's report on Monday afternoon says the majority of those killed were from the town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in Iran's western Kermanshah province.
The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast. Iran's western Kermanshah province sits in the Zagros Mountains that divide Iran and Iraq. Residents in the rural area rely mainly on farming to make a living.
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11:10 a.m.
Iran' state TV has further raised the death toll from a powerful earthquake the previous night along the Iran-Iraq border, and reports that 214 people were killed and 2,504 injured in the temblor.
The Iranian Health Department is asking citizens to donate blood for the injured.
Monday's TV report says that more than half of the casualties are from the town of Sar-Pol-Zahab and the district of Ezgeleh, which have a combined population of 30,000.
The only hospital in town was heavily damaged and the army has set up field hospitals to help those needing assistance. The TV says rescuers are trying to help those affected.
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10:15 a.m.
Iraq's Interior Ministry says seven people were killed in Iraq as a result of last night's earthquake along the Iran-Iraq border.
The temblor killed at least 207 on the Iranian side. That's according to the latest report on Iranian state television.
In Iraq, the ministry's spokesman, Brig. Gen. Saad Maan, said on Monday that 321 people were injured on the Iraqi side. Maan says all the casualties are in Iraq's self-ruled northern Kurdish region.
The magnitude 7.3 quake was centered 19 miles (31 kilometers) outside the eastern Iraqi city of Halabja, according to the most recent measurements from the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake could be felt across Iraq, shaking buildings and homes from Irbil to Baghdad and as far west as Anbar province.