Saturday, August 11, 2012

Iran Earthquakes: At Least 87 Dead After Two Earthquakes

Rescue workers head to the northwest of the country after two quakes kill dozens of people and injure hundreds more.

Two strong earthquakes have struck northwest Iran, killing at least 87 people.

Hundreds more were injured and thousands more fled their homes as aftershocks continued to hit the area, state media said.

The US Geological Survey measured the first quake, which struck 37-miles northeast of the city of Tabriz, at 6.4-magnitude.

A second quake measuring 6.3 struck the nearby town of Varzaghan 11 minutes later.

There have been at least 18 aftershocks since then.

"The quake was so intense that people poured into the streets through fear," one local was quoted as saying.

Tabriz is a major city and trading hub far from Iran's oil producing areas and known nuclear facilities.

While many buildings in the city are built to withstand earthquakes, homes and businesses in nearby villages are often made of concrete blocks or mud brick that can crumble and collapse in a strong quake.

Local politician Abbas Falah urged people in the region to stay outdoors during the night for fear of aftershocks.

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