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Iran: earthquake left 180 dead and 1350 injured
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Two tremors consecutive 6 and 6.2 degrees on the Richter scale caused serious damage in the region of Tabriz , northwest of the country. There are four villages completely destroyed
At least 180 people were killed and 1350 injured as a result of two strong earthquakes in northeastern Iran, Tabriz region, said an official at the state television.
"Unfortunately, the balance continues to grow and we are now 180 dead, "said the head of the Center for Disaster East Azerbaijan, Jalil Saie . "So far there are no deaths in the cities and all the victims come from rural areas," he added.
"There are 60 villages destroyed between 60% and 80% and four villages destroyed 100 percent. We ask people not to give in to panic. Aid is arriving and relief workers are already in place," he said.
Other officials said that this balance is temporary and the death toll could rise, especially in the towns of Ahar and Varzeghan.
The two earthquakes of magnitude 6.2 and 6 degrees, with epicenters in Ahar and Varzeghan , respectively, and both located ten kilometers below ground, shook the region at 16.53 local time (12.23 GMT) and 17.04 (12.34 GMT .)
The cities of Tabriz, Ardebil and Mehraban , numerous villages were affected by earthquakes and numerous aftershocks that followed.
Iran is located on several major flaws and has suffered devastating earthquakes throughout its history . The largest earthquake in this country in recent decades took place on 21 June 1990, when a 7.5 magnitude on the Richter scale struck northwestern Iran and caused 60,000 deaths , 200,000 injured and 700,000 left homeless .
The last major earthquake disaster occurred on 26 December 2003 in the city of Bam, southeast of the country, leaving a figure of 26,271 dead.
The most destructive earthquakes have occurred in recent years in the Asian country are as follows : - July 2, 1957. - Kermanshah Province, northwest, earthquake of 7.4 magnitude on the Richter scale: 25,000 dead. - December 13, 1957. - Mazandaran Province in the north, 7.1-magnitude quake: 2,000 dead. - September 1, 1962. - Northwest: 7.1 earthquake on the Richter scale: 12,230 dead. - August 31, 1968. - Northwest, quake of 7.4 magnitude on the Richter scale: between 7,000 and 12,000 dead. - April 10, 1972. - Earthquake of 6.9 degrees Richter: 5057 deaths. - September 16, 1978. - Tabas, 25,000 killed in quake magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale. - June 11, 1981. - Zone-Central: some 8,000 deaths in the earthquake of 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale. - June 21, 1990. - Northwest: More than 60,000 dead, 200,000 wounded and 700,000 homeless in the earthquake of 7.5 degrees. - February 28, 1997. - Northwest: a thousand dead in the earthquake of 5.5 magnitude on the Richter scale. - May 10, 1997. - This, especially the Khorasan province: At least 1,560 killed in an earthquake of 7.1 degrees. - June 22, 2002. - An earthquake of 6.0 Richter scale in Qazvin (North), killed 230 people. - December 26, 2003. - An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale shook the city of Bam (southeast) and kills 26,271 people - 22 February 2005. - An earthquake of 6.4 Richter scale in the province of Kerman cause of 602 deaths.