At least 250 people were killed and 2,000 others injured when two strong earthquakes jolted northwestern Iran on Saturday near the city of Tabriz. Rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives. Casualty figures are expected to rise.
The first earthquake, a magnitude 6.4, hit 37 miles northeast of Tabriz, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which measured 11 aftershocks. Just 11 minutes later a second quake, measuring 6.3, struck 30 miles northeast of Tabriz. The quakes affected Tabriz, the capital of East Azarbaijan province, and nearby cities. It razed four villages and another 60 villages sustained heavy damage. “The quake was so intense that people poured into the streets through fear,” said the news agency Fars.
Many people were in dire need of drinking water, bread and shelter, and authorities dispatched rescue teams to the area. A local provincial official warned of more aftershocks over the next 48 hours and urged people in the area to stay outdoors.
“At least 250 killed when strong quakes jolt northwestern Iran.” CNN Wire Staff. CNN, 11 August 2012.
“Two earthquakes in Iran kill 220 and injure 1,500.” Hosseinian, Zahra. Reuters, 11 August 2012.
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