Two earthquakes of magnitude 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude occurred on the eve of the northwest Irana.Po official figures, the earthquake killed 306 people (initially reported 227 victims). The number of victims has reached 2000. However, the Iranian authorities have warned that the death toll will rise. Iranian rescuers stop search for survivors of the earthquake in the north-west of the country.
Around 16,000 people were in the affected area
"In no country is left under the rubble of people and all necessary assistance is distributed" — leads the agency official said, is responsible for emergency response.
First, an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 occurred in Ahar, and soon another one similar in power to push (magnitude 6.3) shook Varzakan and Haris. After that happened more than a dozen aftershocks, some of which reached magnitude 4.
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Damage in 60 villages of 50 to 80 percent.
As reported by the BBC BBC with reference to the country's Ministry of Emergency Situations, the victims were sent to hospitals in the nearby cities of Tabriz and Ardebil.
Connection to the affected areas of Iran was aborted because the tremors damaged communication lines. The only means of communication at the moment are the radio. City residents affected by the earthquake settlements temporarily displaced.
According to the Geological Survey of Iran, the magnitude of the earthquake that occurred on August 11 at 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. One of the aftershocks of magnitude 6 or less was at 4.17 local time recorded in the nearby town Varazkan. In addition, the tremors were also detected in other northern provinces of Iran, in particular, West Azerbaijan, Gilan, Zanjan and Ardebil.
Note that Iran is one of the most seismic regions in the world. Previous major earthquake in the Islamic Republic was in December 2003. Tremors of magnitude 6.6 destroyed the city of Bam, killing 26 thousand people. The historic center of the city, consisting of mud buildings, and ancient citadel of Arg-and Bam in ruins.
Earthquake of 1990., Devastates Manju, Rudbar and Lushai in the north, claimed the lives of 40 thousand people. In 1978. earthquake almost completely destroyed the city of Thebes, killing 22 thousand inhabitants.