(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered condolences to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Iraqi President Fuad Masum over heavy casualties and destruction caused by a strong earthquake in the west of the country.
"Please accept sincere sympathy and support for the relatives and friends of those who perished and wishes of early convalescence to all survivors of this calamity," Putin said in a message published on the Kremlin’s website.
Putin expressed to Rouhani "deep condolences over the heavy loss of human life and destruction in the west of Iran."
Also, Putin expressed condolences to the president of Iraq.
"Dear Mr. President. Please, accept the most sincere condolences over the tragic effects of the earthquake in Sulaymaniyah Province. We share the grief of those who lost their relatives and dear ones as a result of this disaster and we hope for the early recovery of all those who survived," the message published on the Kremlin’s website runs.
The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on Sunday night, has so far claimed 395 lives and injured about 6,650 others.
Preceded by three smaller jolts, the earthquake happened on Sunday night near the Iran-Iraq border at 21:48 local time (18:18 GMT).
The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow depth that can cause tremendous damage, in Ozgoleh region in Kermanshah Province.
The huge jolt, which rocked western provinces of Iran and areas in the eastern Iraq, was also felt as far as Persian Gulf states Qatar and Kuwait in the south, the Occupied Palestine in the west, and Turkey in the north of the quake-stricken Iran and Iraq.
It caused the biggest damage in Kermanshah, Qasr-e Shirin and Sarpol-e Zahab (about 15km from the Iraqi border) cities.