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اتوار، 12 اگست، 2012

Iran quake kills 250

A 6.2 magnitude quake struck the city of Ahar in East Azerbaijan at 1600 local time (1130GMT). About an hour later another quake magnitude 6 on the Richter scale hit Vazaqan.

 The death toll in earthquakes in northwestern Iran has climbed to 250 and more than 2,000 have suffered various injuries. Two powerful earthquakes hit parts of the East Azerbaijan province on Saturday.

 A 6.2-magnitude quake struck the city of Ahar in East Azerbaijan at 1600 local time (1130 GMT). About an hour later, another quake, magnitude 6 on the Richter scale, hit Varzaqan. Iran is among the most earthquake-prone places around with quakes exceeding 7 points on the Richter scale happening once every ten years. A deadly quake in December 2003 left more than 31,000 people dead in the country’s southeastern city of Bam.

According to unconfirmed reports, four villages have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed.

Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area.
East Azarbaijan Crisis Management Headquarters Director Khalil Saei confirmed the death toll and the number of injured people.

He said rescue operation teams have been deployed to the area to help the victims of the quakes.
Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average.


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