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Northwestern Iran was struck Saturday by a series of major earthquakes, the strongest registering magnitude 6.4, as local media reported dozens of people dead and hundreds hurt.
SUMMARYFars news reports 153 dead and 600 injured Four villages completely destroyed Residents told to spend the rest of the night outdoors Numerous aftershocksHassan Ghadami told Fars news agency that the death toll was 153, Reuters reported. Fars news reported 600 others were injured. The quakes reportedly destroyed four villages. Officials asked residents in affected areas to stay outdoors through the night, the news agency reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey had no immediate word on fatalities and damage, but logged the magnitude 6.4 quake and a 6.3 quake midday. There were numerous aftershocks, registering as high as magnitude 5.0.
Iranian state TV said at least 87 people were dead and 400 injured, with hundreds of homes damaged. The quake hit near the town of Ahar in East Azerbaijan province.
The TV quoted Khalil Saei, local Crisis Committee chief, as saying that 30 people were killed in Ahar, 40 in Varzaqan and 17 others in Haris.
The broadcast said at least 60 villages sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 percent, while 4 other villages had been
totally leveled to the ground.
Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day on average, although the vast majority are so small they go unnoticed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Twin 6.3 and 6.4 earthquakes strike northwestern Iran: 180 dead, 1350 injured, 6 villages leveled
August 11, 2012 – TEHRAN — Strong earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.3 and 6.4 struck on Saturday near the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz, Tehran University’s Seismological Centre said. The strong earthquakes were less than 9 minutes apart and created numerous aftershocks. Iranian news agencies made no immediate mention of casualties or damage, but reports were preliminary. The quake hit at 4:43 pm (1223 GMT) with an epicentre about 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Tabriz, at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles), according to the Seismological Centre. The US Geological Survey, which monitors earthquakes worldwide, confirmed the temblor near the city which has a population of 1.5 million people. It measured 6.2 on the Moment Magnitude Scale used for quakes stronger than 5. -AFP
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Death toll expected to rise: 6.3 and 6.4 -magnitude earthquakes killed at least 87 people and injured over 400 others in northwestern Iran on Saturday, state TV said. Iran’s main news channel said the quake hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province at 4:53 p.m. local time (GMT 12:23), also damaging hundreds of homes. The TV quoted Khalil Saei, local Crisis Committee chief, as saying that 30 people were killed in Ahar, 40 in Varzaqan and 17 others in Haris. The broadcast said at least 60 villages sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 percent, while 4 other villages had been totally leveled to the ground. The TV said at least three aftershocks — measuring 6.0, 4.7 and 4.1 — jolted the same area and were felt in a wide region near the Caspian Sea. –Time
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