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Two Powerful Earthquakes Strike Northwestern Iran, People Pour Into The Streets In Fear

“DUBAI (Reuters) – Two strong earthquakes killed 180 people and injured about 1,500 in northwest Iran where rescuers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages through the night into Sunday.

Thousands fled their homes and remained outdoors after Saturday’s quakes, as at least 40 aftershocks hit the area.

Casualty figures could rise, Iranian officials said, as some of the injured were in a critical condition while other people were still trapped under the rubble and rescuers – hampered by the darkness – had yet to reach some affected villages.

Six villages had been destroyed and about 60 had sustained more than 50 percent damage, Iranian media said.

Photographs posted by Iranian news websites showed bodies lying on the floor in the corner of a white-tiled morgue in the town of Ahar, and medical staff, surrounded by anxious residents, treating the injured in the open air as dusk fell.

Other images showed collapsed buildings and cars flattened by rubble…

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday’s first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles). A second quake measuring 6.3 struck 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz 11 minutes later at a similar depth…

The second quake struck near the town of Varzaghan. ‘The quake was so intense that people poured into the streets through fear,’ Fars said…

‘Unfortunately there are still a number of people trapped in the rubble but finding them is very difficult because of the darkness,’ national emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi was quoted as saying by Fars.” Read more.

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  1. 08/11/2012 at 1:51 PM

    Reblogged this on servehiminthewaiting and commented:
    Earthquakes at the epicenter. It only makes sense!


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