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Iran quake toll up: 250 killed, 1,800 injured

Sunday August 12, 2012 03:23:52 PM, RIA Novosti

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90 killed in Iran quake

At least 90 people were killed after an earthquake hit northwestern Iran Saturday, the Fars news agency reported.Two powerful tremors measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale struck Saturday near the towns of Tabriz 

Tehran: At least 250 people were killed and over 1,800 injured as two powerful earthquakes rocked northwestern Iran, Fars news agency reported Sunday.

A quake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck Ahar city in the East Azerbaijan province at 4.00 p.m. Saturday, flattening homes and buildings in a wide area.

Almost an hour later, another quake with magnitude 6 hit Varzaqan in the same province, causing more destruction.

"(At least) 250 people have been killed and more than 1,800 have been injured," said Iran's Deputy Interior Minister Hassan Qaddami.

Thousands were forced to remain outdoors following at least 35 aftershocks. Authorities said a total of 110 villages have been affected.

The deadliest quake in Iran was in June 1990 when a 7.7-magnitude tremor killed some 37,000 people and left over 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan.









 

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