Two heavily powerful earthquakes struck the northwest Iran on Saturday, leaving at least 87 people dead and more then 400 injured, said State media.
The U.S. Geological survey measured the first quake, which had struck with 6.3 magnitude in about 37 miles northeast of Tabriz city, at 3:25 pm (6:25 am ET)
While the second quake occurred 11 minutes later, with 6.3 magnitude, and struck an area about 30 miles northeast of Tabriz.
Most of the casualties were in outlying villages, said AP.
A Iran official told the press take about six villages has been completely wipe-out and 60 villages had been to 70 percent destroyed.
And it been reported, the earthquake had broken telephone communications to many other villages, making rescue effort difficult.