The number of victims of the earthquake that occurred on Saturday in the north-west of Iran, has risen to 153 people, the number of victims has reached 1.3 thousand, reports AFP referring to the Interior Ministry.
Previously reported 87 dead and 700 injured.
In addition, the Iranian news agency Farsso referring to the head of the Association of Seismological Research, Tehran University Farhang Ahmadi-Gibeah previously reported that within 24-48 hours may be aftershocks.
According to the Geological Survey of Iran, the magnitude of the earthquake that occurred in 16.53 local time, was 6.3. Hearth quake was at a depth of 9.8 kilometers to 32 kilometers from the city of Ahar East Azerbaijan Province. Were also recorded aftershocks of magnitude 6 or less in the neighboring town Varazkan. In addition, the tremors were also detected in other northern provinces of Iran, in particular, West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Zanjan and Ardebil.
Iran is among the ten most earthquake-prone regions of the world, there is almost every ten years an earthquake with magnitude greater than 7.0. Thus, in December 2003, 6.3 magnitude earthquake victims in Bam in the south-east of the country were more than 31 thousand people, about 42 thousand were injured. The city itself, as well as the famous castle was almost completely destroyed.