More than 330 people have been injured and 17,000 homes were damaged on Monday in Iran near its border with Iraq following a powerful earthquake, according to Earthquake-Report.com.
The quake occurred at 7:02 a.m., local time, Monday, with an epicenter 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Murmuri, in the Ilam province, according to the Iranian Seismological Center at the University of Tehran.
The magnitude-6.2 temblor that struck Iran on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, is shown on the map above in light blue. Several aftershocks that have occurred since, ranging from magnitude 4.5 to 5.6, are shown in orange. (Epicenter Map/U.S. Geological Survey)
Governor of Abdanan Majid Asgari told Tehran-based Press TV that the temblor caused severe damage in the region.
It should be dry in the hardest-hit areas for the next several days to aid with relief efforts, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Adam Douty said.
"There will be rain and thunderstorms in the mountains just to the east of Murmuri," he said.
Many regional residents had been sleeping outside their homes because of previous earthquakes in the area, The Associated Press reported.
Forty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 and higher have been reported in the region over a 21-hour period, with the magnitude-6.2 quake being the strongest, according to the Iranian Seismological Center.
Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.
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